Nurse Practitioners

Job Description

Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat both sudden and long-term conditions. They may do physical exams, physical therapy or order tests and therapies for patients. NPs order, perform or interpret results of blood tests, EKGs and X-rays. They use these tools, along with patient symptoms and medical history to develop the right diagnosis.

Academic Requirements

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in becoming nurse practitioners can qualify for the position by earning a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Many nurse practitioners specialize in a specific area of medicine, such as pediatrics or family medicine, during their graduate study. Advanced practice nurses operate in one of four roles: nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife or clinical nurse specialist. The successful completion of a graduate degree program and licensure requirements prepares graduates to sit for certification examinations specific to their careers.

Nurse Practitioners
$60-100
Thousand
Average
Salary
High
Patient
Interaction
24.79%
Job
Growth
 
High
Blood
Interaction
Master's Degree
Education
Required

Schools

Washburn University

1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621

Webster University

470 East Lockwood
St. Louis, 63119-3194
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