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shortest np program??


what is the shortest np program with the least amount of clinical hours? Eager to get off the floor as an RN!!

Thanks in advance.


Specializes in ICU-Step Down, Cardiac/CHF, Telemetry, L&D. Has 6 years experience.

The shortest that I have seen was about 17 months at Samford University in Alabama it's online but, you do have to go to the campus for visits. Univ of Alabama Birmingham is 20mths, I think, and Indiana State is 2-2.5yrs. I think that most schools are required to have over 500 hours of clinical and about 45 credit hours. I can say that NP school is tough and it's a lot of reading. I am doing a 3 year program taking 2 classes a semester and it is very difficult to keep up with everything because it moves so fast. Good Luck

Mercedes, Thanks so much for such a thorough message! apprecitate it.

Vanderbilt has a 12 month program for current BSN's. It's mostly online, requires attendance for 4 days in a row each month and the last 3 months are full time. It is $1,500 a semester hour.

I wouldn't try to find the shortest program and def not skip out on clinical hours. Compared to PAs and MDs we don't do that many clinical hours as it is. I signed up for extra hours to get more Peds experience.

My program was long 7 semesters 2.5 years FT, taking 13-14 credits including clinicals and working 32 hours/week, and taking 6-8 credits in the summers. I don't see how you could even complete all the clinical hours and lectures in 12 months.. unless you don't work, but even then sounds sketchy. My school was #1 for PNPs and I think #2 for FNPs in the US. (U Colorado)

Alisabeth, BSN, MSN, DNP

Specializes in FNP, Surgery. Has 14 years experience.

University of Miami. 11 months- Family Nurse Practitioner. 560 clinical hours.

University of Miami. 11 months- Family Nurse Practitioner. 560 clinical hours.

In Ohio or FL? I was enrolled (before I transferred) at UM in Miami, FL and it was 2 years long 4 semesters with summers off for work/clinicals.