Nurse Practitioner

What Does A Nurse Practitioner Do?

A nurse practitioner evaluates patients, determines treatment plans, and delivers advanced nursing services. A nurse practitioner (with some level of physician supervision) can prescribe medications, unlike a nurse.

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How Do I Become A Nurse Practitioner?

A master’s degree in nursing is required to obtain this position, but some organizations may require a doctorate. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master’s degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

What is the Average Salary For A Nurse Practitioner?

High – 175,000
Median – 100,000
Low – 74,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Nurse Practitioner?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner can work in any medical setting including a hospital, doctor’s office, or medical clinic.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Nurse Practitioner?

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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