Path to ARNP?

  1. I wonder if any of you know the answer to this. My state's (FL) site isn't very informative, and most RNs I've spoken to don't know.

    I am a CNA with a BS in Psychology (I was pre-med until life got in the way), and a bunch of clinical experience.

    I have all the requirements to enter an RN program, which will take two years. After that, what would I have to do to become an ARNP?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Daytonite
    I'm trying to find information for you, but what is an ARNP? I know it's some type of nurse practitioner, but what type?
  4. by   tookewlandy
    I was reading something the other day and came across ARNP and it stood for Andvanced Regsitered Nurse Practioner, maybe thats it
  5. by   suzanne4
    Advanced Practice RNs require a MSN. The ARNP is for Adult Registered Nurse Practicioner.
  6. by   Daytonite
    here are links to sites on the florida board of nursing website where you should be able to find the answers to your questions:

    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/nur_faq.html - link to faqs about arnps in florida on the board of nursing website.
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?app_mode=display_statute&search_string=& url=ch0464/sec012.htm&title=->2006->ch0464->section%20012#0464.012 - here is a link to the florida nurse practice act section 464.012 (certification of advanced registered nurse practitioners; fees). it details very specifically what it takes to be an arnp in florida.
    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/lst_trainingprograms.pdf - listing of rn nursing schools that are board approved by the florida board of nursing

    http://www.discovernursing.com/jnj-specialtyid_110-dsc-specialty_detail.aspx - information on nurse practitioners with links to articles and organizations of nurse practitioners
  7. by   hadesdaughter
    Hi there,

    I'm a nurse in Florida. ARNP stands for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. I'm on my way to becoming one and I just finished 135 clinical hours with an ARNP for my BSN (I LOVED it)!

    Here's the track I recommend (the only reason I recommend doing an ADN program is because it's much more hands on and stronger clinically based than doing BSN first but to each his own):

    2 years in an ADN program.

    1 year in a full time RN to BSN program (I recommend getting at least a year experience before doing so because it really means nothing if you don't know what the heck you are talking about. However, in certain parts of FL hospitals are on a hiring freeze soooo if you can't get a job, going straight into an RN to BSN program [unless you start in a BSN program] will help you get hired). I graduate next week from this, it was super intense because I'm working full time as well, but the program itself was a piece of cake, just time consuming.

    Then onto a masters program for your practitioner. I personally recommend University of Southern Alabama online MSN practitioner program unless you really want to be in class for it. Full time is 4 straight semesters, part time is 7 straight semesters and they help you set up clinical with your preceptor. Hopefully in your BSN program, you'll get to precept with a practitioner so you can kind of get an idea of where you want to go. I'm going to do the adult primary care practitioner program but there's so many out there! Keep in mind if you want to be a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist), you need ICU experience and it's a classroom setting!

    Also I'd like to mention, after re-reading your post, is that if you already have a bachelor's, some universities offer an accelerated BSN program for students that already have a bachelor's degree in another field so that may be an option. It is a quicker way than the ADN (associate degree in nursing) but it's not as strong clinically (just my opinion, I've been working in hospitals for many years).

    Hope this helps

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