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Not only must NPs obtain advanced clinical training, but they must also complete advanced education. Start your NP journey today by learning how to become an NP, choosing your population focus, selecting your NP program and finding other resources to support your education.
Are you interested in advancing your nursing career? Are you ready for the responsibility of diagnosing and treating illnesses, prescribing medications and interpreting laboratory results? If so, you should consider a career as an NP, a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Use the survey below to determine what type of NP career aligns with your goals and passion.
There are approximately 400 academic institutions with NP programs in the U.S. How do you choose the perfect program for you?
Do you need help with your search? Whether you’re searching by state or specialty, the NP Program Search* tool from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) helps you find hundreds of NP specialty tracks throughout the country.
Review the steps to become an NP — from obtaining your bachelor's degree in nursing through obtaining NP licensure — in this free, downloadable infographic.
Learn what your preceptors and faculty expect from NP students as they progress through their education and clinical preparation. Presented through a collaboration between the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and AANP, the Preceptor Expectation Checklist and the Faculty Expectation Checklist offer evidence-based suggestions on preceptorship and may serve as a useful tool for faculty, preceptors and students.
Since 2014, AANP has awarded more than $500,000 to exceptional AANP members for use in furthering education or to conduct research, advance evidence-based care or implement quality improvement projects.