The first step to becoming a nurse practitioner is becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) by meeting state licensure requirements and simultaneously or subsequently earning your Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After completing your BS in Nursing, you must pursue and earn a master’s level nursing degree (MSN) and pass the national NP certification exam to become a nurse practitioner.
While you have many choices when it comes to your education, South College offers extensive and enriching approaches to NP education with accessibility top of mind. Whether choosing to attend school full-time or part-time, graduate nursing programs are currently offered online. South College’s nursing programs have been built with the utmost care, taking individual students and their lifestyles into consideration. Many faculty members within these programs are practicing nurses, NPs, and DNPs themselves, which allows them to deeply understand what it means for students to choose continued education to work toward advancing their careers. With online classes that easily fit around a working nurse’s schedule and CCNE accreditation, you can complete an MSN degree in as little as 18-21 months depending on course load. Learn more about how South College’s nursing program offerings could fit into your lifestyle and schedule, here.
Benefits and Next Steps for Prospective NPs
For those that are ready for the challenge and reward of becoming a nurse practitioner, there are also a variety of benefits in this profession to consider. Some examples include:
- increased and diverse responsibilities
- independence at work
- additional salary prospects
- a range of additional job opportunities.
While salary alone is not the only factor in deciding whether to become a nurse practitioner, this is a variable that many nurses examine when evaluating the profession. More than that, there’s an increased demand for NPs, with the profession expected to grow.
South College is passionate about providing the options you need to pursue an advanced degree in nursing. As a small, private school with 5 campuses and flexible online courses, our MSN program with NP concentrations are growing quickly. Currently, there are five concentrations available. A Nurse Executive concentration is also offered.
No matter your background, finances, or schedule, our admissions team is passionate about working with students to find the right path for each individual interested in joining South College. Whether that means helping students directly with transcript requests, financial aid appointments, background checks—At South College, you aren’t just a number, you’re a priority.
To learn more about our program requirements, application process, and curricula, reach out to us today.