I have been a RN for ten years and am finsishing by BSN in December and starting in an MSN/FNP program in January (fingers crossed). After getting all of this done, I will be more than ready to begin my new role. A friend of mine just graduated with her ANP/GNP and said that it would be at least six months before she took the exam, got the results, got a UPIN, and everything straightened out with the DEA. Is this the norm? What can I do to make sure it doesn't take this long?