To become an NP...

  1. I'm a new member, though I've been reading these forums for a long time and love the site. So I hope that I did this properly, but here goes:

    I am wondering about the requirements to become a Nurse Practitioner. I know there are many threads about this, but from researching them all I was unable to find one that had a definitive, conclusive answer -- so I do believe that this thread is different and not a repeat.

    From what I've read, I had thought that the AACN's proposal to make DNP the requirement to be a Nurse Practitioner in 2015 was just that - a proposal. However, yesterday in class my professor (who is an NP), mentioned that it IS going to be the requirement in 2015. I've been doing lots of research to find out which is correct, but everything I've read has been very vague or outdated.

    So I'd just like to ask and get an answer once and for all, is it a proposal or the new requirement?

    Thank you guys so much for your help. I want to be a Nurse Practitioner, but I can't seem to find the answer to this so I can't start planning for my future career. And I hope the conclusive answer I receive will help clarify this for others as well!

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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Just a proposal at this point.
  4. by   mccoy
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Just a proposal at this point.
    Ok, thank you! I was very confused when my professor said that it was a definite thing now. I'd be ok with it if the doctorate contained more advanced clinical education, but I've read that it doesn't. Thanks for the clarification. Anyone have an idea of when we'll have a better idea of whether this will or will not occur?