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by MissNursingBee MissNursingBee (Member)

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Hello all!

I have a question that I’m hoping may be able to be answered by someone who has had or currently going through a similar situation.. I’m looking into pursuing a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree in the near future and from my research, have found that there only seems to be a small handful of reputable schools with this type of program across the country. I am currently living in Illinois working as a full time Peds RN and was wondering how absurd or challenging it would be to attend an online or hybrid school in another state. I understand that a lot of the programs have some sort of on-campus requirements, mostly just a few times during the course of the program. Is there any one out there who attends an out-of-state school and travels for these on campus requirements and what is your experience like?

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7 hours ago, MissNursingBee said:

I’m looking into pursuing a Primary Care  Nurse Practitioner degree in the near future and from my research, have found that there only seems to be a small handful of reputable schools with this type of program across the country

I'm confused by this statement.  APRNs in the role of primary care is well established and there are abundant reputable programs across the country offering these programs.  You simply need to search programs based on the population focus in which you are wishing to work -- Family, Peds, Women's health, Psych, Adult-Gero.

Unless you have a different perception as to what a "Primary Care" role is. 

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16 minutes ago, 203bravo said:

I'm confused by this statement.  APRNs in the role of primary care is well established and there are abundant reputable programs across the country offering these programs.  You simply need to search programs based on the population focus in which you are wishing to work -- Family, Peds, Women's health, Psych, Adult-Gero.

Unless you have a different perception as to what a "Primary Care" role is. 

Whoops, I meant to say Pediatric Primary Care NP, not sure how I managed to leave our that crucial component, haha! I would like to continue to work while furthering my education so am more drawn towards the online classes. From what I've seen, there are not many online or hybrid PCPNP programs in Illinois aside from Rush, and I don't want to be limited to only one option.

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