Nurse Practitioner?


If I become an RN (associates), then apply for a NP program that is fast track where you get your bachelors and masters within 3 years full time or longer for part time. If I go straight to the NP program after I become an RN and work while I am in it, would that be enough experience? Because I know your suppose to work as an RN for 2 or more years before, its not required to get into the program but I've heard you should. I just do not want to do that because I know once I get comfortable for a couple of years I won't want to go back to college again. So is working while in the program good enough???

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing. Has 12 years experience.

Depends on the program.

Abby Normal

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Definitely look at the specific program first.

I'm not sure the progression you have laid out is right --- but it might be in your area.

The fast track programs are generally for people who already have a college degree in something else -- say English.

The accelerated part lets you zip straight through an associates (most often) or a bachelors in nursing without a lot of distribution requirements (no PE!), then leap straight into the masters.

For people who get an associate's, they can do a "bridge" to a bachelor's, if they have no undergraduate degree. Then they would pursue, either directly or after an interval of their choosing, a regular master's.

(If you already have an undergraduate degree, you should do your research, look into your specialty, and weigh the benefits of your choices, but personally, I think the time is better spent doing an msn rather than a bridge, which takes about the same amount of time and reaps much richer benefits. My opinion.)

However, I have never heard of a program that combine's a "bridge" and a master's, which it sounds like you're talking about? Maybe you don't need one or the other?

Do what YOU think is right.