In order to be a nurse practitioner, first you must go to nursing school
to become a registered nurse. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required for you to go to graduate school where you learn how to be a nurse practitioner (NP). Some schools
do offer bridge programs where you can have an associates degree in nursing and bridge to a master's degree in nursing. There are many specialties within NP programs, and you will need to choose one. They include adult health, family practice, psychiatric, pediatrics, women's health, forensic, palliative (hospice), and acute care practitioner.NPs see patients just like doctor's do. They perform physical examinations, take medical histories, prescribe medications, order tests, perform minor procedures, such as suturing, removing small lesions, incision and drainage of a wound, etc. They also counsel and teach patients about their health and how to improve it. Prevention and wellness is an important part of a NP's practice. They also can admit patients to the hospital if they are seriously ill. Some NPs have hospital priviledges and others do not. Nursing is a great career choice if you have compassion and a heart to help people. I wish you good luck.