I'm not sure if I am clear to many with my post. As others have answered, I'll agree that if you have graduated from a NP program that that would be sufficient to practice. But if you want to stop the schools from changing their programs to longer, more expensive programs and have that be the new requirement, you had better start to take action. The sooner, the better .
If I were a student I would start an organization in my college, as well as contact and encourage every program in my state to do so. It's incredible how much effect such activity can have. :typing