PHCNP or ACNP??????

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am thinking of applying to an NP program for next year and I can't decide which route I want to take. I want to work with all ages and like the idea of working in clinics. However, if I go the ACNP route, can I still work in clinics and such? As well, I know that soon the PHCNP will require masters, but do employers really care at this point? I'm really nervous, not really sure if there is a job market out there right now for a PHCNP?

    HELP!!!!!!!

    thanks in advance,
    PPS
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from pps
    hi everyone,

    i am thinking of applying to an np program for next year and i can't decide which route i want to take. i want to work with all ages and like the idea of working in clinics. however, if i go the acnp route, can i still work in clinics and such? as well, i know that soon the phcnp will require masters, but do employers really care at this point? i'm really nervous, not really sure if there is a job market out there right now for a phcnp?

    help!!!!!!!

    thanks in advance,
    pps
    and welcome to allnurses.com and the nurse practitioner forum

    it is great to have you with us.

    have you considered the fnp track? i am curious why you have chosen the acnp, too. just wondering. i like to know the rationale behind everything. i was ob-gyn np for a while and realized that if i wanted a future as an np, i needed to do something. so, i went for the fnp, too.

    i have a couple friends who are acnp and do just fine. i know no phcnp. but, that does not mean they are not out there. have you checked in your area what is the best way to go? the demand?

    and, the employers just generally look for the fact you are np. most haven't a clue to the degree process.
  4. by   zenman
    Quote from siri
    I like to know the rationale behind everything.
    What's your rationale for wanting to know what's back there?:chuckle
  5. by   sirI
    Quote from zenman
    What's your rationale for wanting to know what's back there?:chuckle
  6. by   PPS
    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the warm welcome.
    This is an awesome way to connect with other fellow nurses and such.

    Can I ask...what is a FNP?

    I am actually thinking of doing the primary care NP, and know that in the near future it'll be better to have a masters with the NP.

    In general, i want to make sure there is a real job market out there.
    i mean, i've looked at job sites and found a few...but the role is so new that it's hard to predict how it will turn out when i graduate.

    Just out of curiousity...where are you both from? I live in Ontario.

    thanks again for all your comments.

    PPS
  7. by   sirI
    Quote from PPS
    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the warm welcome.
    This is an awesome way to connect with other fellow nurses and such.

    Can I ask...what is a FNP?

    I am actually thinking of doing the primary care NP, and know that in the near future it'll be better to have a masters with the NP.

    In general, i want to make sure there is a real job market out there.
    i mean, i've looked at job sites and found a few...but the role is so new that it's hard to predict how it will turn out when i graduate.

    Just out of curiousity...where are you both from? I live in Ontario.

    thanks again for all your comments.

    PPS
    Hello, PPS,

    FNP=family nurse practitioner

    I am located in the U.S., in the south. My area is heavily FNP. This is the track most seek to secure here. A few are PNP (pediatric NP). I have a couple friends who are NNP (neonatal NP). I am also, OB-GYN NP. But, this was too narrow a field for me and I secured the FNP for better marketability.

    So, the role of NP is rather a new concept in Ontario?
  8. by   lalaxton
    HI PPS,
    I too live in Ontario but trained in the US. In Ontario, there are basically two types of NP's. Primary Health Care (PHCNP) and Acute Care (ACNP) at present the entry to practice for a PHCNP is a post-bachelors certificate. I believe the Masters will be mandatory with the 2007 entry class, but this is not official yet. ACNP is the newer role, and has always been Masters as entry to practic. In BC and Alberta both tracts are Masters as entry to Practice.
    Ontario recognises the FNP in the US to be equivalent to the PHCNP and is actually the only certification they will accept to be able to write your extended class registration exam.
  9. by   sirI
    Quote from lalaxton
    HI PPS,
    I too live in Ontario but trained in the US. In Ontario, there are basically two types of NP's. Primary Health Care (PHCNP) and Acute Care (ACNP) at present the entry to practice for a PHCNP is a post-bachelors certificate. I believe the Masters will be mandatory with the 2007 entry class, but this is not official yet. ACNP is the newer role, and has always been Masters as entry to practic. In BC and Alberta both tracts are Masters as entry to Practice.
    Ontario recognises the FNP in the US to be equivalent to the PHCNP and is actually the only certification they will accept to be able to write your extended class registration exam.
    Thanks for the explanation, lalaxton.

    I did not know the types of NPs in Canada.
  10. by   zenman
    Quote from PPS

    Just out of curiousity...where are you both from? I live in Ontario.

    PPS
    I'm from the Republic of Texas and I'm an advance scout looking for prime areas in Asia for occupation by Texas. :smiley_ab
  11. by   PPS
    Hi everyone,

    thank you for the responses.

    Will look into the PHCNP(in ontario) and maybe the FNP (in the USA).

    thanks for all the help.

    PPS

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