Starting Your NP Career

Fulfill Your Potential as You Embark on Your New Role as a Trusted Health Care Provider

As you take the first step in your NP career, you may have questions about what to expect. Whether you need help becoming certified, negotiating salary, finding the right practice setting or staying informed on important health issues, AANP has the resources you need to lay a solid foundation for the future of your practice and the NP role.

Becoming Certified

As you approach the end of your academic program, you must prepare to achieve national certification by an accredited NP certification body. Show your proficiency:

Entering the NP Workforce

NPs provide high-quality care in diverse settings, including clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges and public health departments. Explore your options:

Getting Involved

As an NP, your thoughts, ideas and experiences are valuable to researchers, health policy experts and others within the health care community. See how to connect:

Staying Informed

Health care is continually changing—and as an NP, you know you need to bring the latest, most trusted information to your patients. Find the tools you need:

  • Access hundreds of hours of free CE at the AANP CE Center
  • Prepare to educate your patients and keep up with important health issues in a variety of therapeutic areas