Planning Your NP Education

Begin Your Journey to Become Patients’ Partner in Health

NPs not only must obtain advanced clinical training, but they must also complete advanced education. Start your NP journey by selecting the NP program that meets your professional interests.

Select Your NP Program

There are approximately 400 academic institutions with NP programs in the U.S. How do you choose the perfect program for you?

  • Consider whether the institution offers training in your desired population focus or concentration (e.g., adult, family or pediatrics)
  • Consider which attendance method you prefer (e.g., online learning versus on-campus)
  • Consider which degree the program offers (e.g., MSN or DNP)
  • Consider the entry prerequisites for which you qualify (e.g., BSN or second degree student)
  • Consider the program’s accreditation and graduate certification rate

Do you need help with your search? Whether you’re searching by state or specialty, AANP’s NP Program Search tool helps you find hundreds of NP specialty tracks throughout the country.

NP Program Search

This database, obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is provided as a courtesy to AANP site visitors. Inclusion of programs is based on available data from AACN and does not imply endorsement by AANP.

Prepare to Become an NP

Are you ready to become a leader in patient-centered, comprehensive health care? Get started today by reviewing NP core competencies, learn why a formal graduate education is important to NP practice and see what you need to do to prepare for a life of continued education and exemplary patient care.

NP Preparedness