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Steps into becoming a NP

Hello, I am currently in the MA program for my Associate's Degree. I was trying to figure out what were the necessary steps into becoming a NP. I owe a school $2,000, and I needed to know could I go to a non-traditional career college to become that RN or will I have to get that college straightened in order to get back into college to get my Bachelor's of RN.

You need your RN first. To get that, you need your prereqs and take the entrance exam at your desired school. Spend a few years, and come out with your RN (whether it's adn or bsn is up to you but bsn is the longer but preferable route). Practice for a bit, hone your nursing skills and judgment, then apply to a NP program, come out in two years, pass your boards and then you should be able to practice as a nurse practitioner.

(sounds easier said than done!)

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

You need your RN first. To get that, you need your prereqs and take the entrance exam at your desired school. Spend a few years, and come out with your RN (whether it's adn or bsn is up to you but bsn is the longer but preferable route). Practice for a bit, hone your nursing skills and judgment, then apply to a NP program, come out in two years, pass your boards and then you should be able to practice as a nurse practitioner.

(sounds easier said than done!)

This.

In order to gain entry into a nursing program, you need to take a different set of pre-req's than you are taking now.

As far as owing a college 2,000 dollars; was it at a local CC where it would impede you from registering or even more, accessing your previous transcripts?

You also need to be mindful of the program you are choosing; it needs to be approved by your state BON; and more preferably by employer's standards accredited by the ACEN or CCNE (Google these accreditation bodies and gain more insight on WHY employers want grads from high standard programs for their facilities) as well as when transferring ones credits for grad school; some schools don't even look at a person from a non-accredited school; some do.

Below is a great thread that may answer your questions as well as options:

https://allnurses.com/online-nursing-schools/i-completed-non-912463.html

Bachelor of RN, thats a new one.

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