NOT post-masters nursing practitioner program?

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    I have been looking at NP programs in the state of Illinois. Most of them require a general Master's. Some of them don't require you to have a general Master's degree, but in their program, you do end up taking those classes anyways. An example of this is the NIU's (Northern Illinois University ) nursing program.So my questions is this: are there any programs available that let you take the NP classes without taking the general MSN classes?I'm pretty sure the answer is no. But through all my research, maybe I missed a program or two that has this option. I don't want to take the general MSN courses. It doesn't interest me. I know :-(
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    Have you considered programs that are distance learning? I have my Bachelor's in another field, in my last semester of my ADN currently, and have applied to a few distance learning that accept a Bachelor's. A BSN would increase the number of distance learning programs, actually. That might help you cast a wider net?
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    In order to sit for national certification as a NP, you must have the minimum of a MSN degree (or have a DNP). You cannot become certified as a Nurse Practitioner in the US unless you have a MSN degree and completed the full NP certification program from an accredited school.
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    Quote from UVA Grad Nursing
    In order to sit for national certification as a NP, you must have the minimum of a MSN degree (or have a DNP). You cannot become certified as a Nurse Practitioner in the US unless you have a MSN degree and completed the full NP certification program from an accredited school.
    This is what I was trying to figure out. I did not want to take general msn classes just because I'm not interested in them. But I guess I have no choice. Thanks for clarifying.


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