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Accredited Online Nurse Practitioner Programs by katty : January 30, 2016, 11:34:57 PM
Nearly every career in the healthcare industry is in increasingly high demand, especially nursing. Nurses care for patients in a number of ways, and professionals who commit to extra training in order to become nurse practitioners have an even wider scope of responsibilities. A nurse practitioner (NP), also known as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in some jurisdictions, performs tasks comparable to that of a doctor, from prescribing medication or ordering and interpreting the results of tests to performing minor surgeries. Online Nurse Practioner programs usually culminate in a master's degree, though some schools are phasing this out for the purpose of introducing a doctoral degree.

Because NP students usually intend to seek licensure as a nurse practitioner, it is essential that they select an accredited program. Licensing and certification boards will not recognize a degree earned through a non-accredited school. Along with completing an accredited NP program, students seeking licensure must pass a certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in their corresponding specialty.

Licensing and Certification Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

All US states regulate the practices of nurse practitioners. Depending on the state, licensed NPs may be referred to as either an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Many states still accept an MSN with a concentration in NP studies as qualification to earn a license to practice; however, some states are slowly phasing this degree out in place of a doctoral degree. Because NPs perform extensive tasks, it follows that they have a more extensive education. Applicants should consult their state's licensing board and talk to current NPs in their state to determine if the laws are likely to change soon. Those who do not need a doctorate for licensure purposes will probably find that a master’s degree program meets their professional needs.

The vast majority of those working to become NPs have already received a bachelor's degree in nursing at an accredited school and are licensed as an RN. Only after working two or more years as an RN can people pursue an advanced nursing degree to become a nurse practitioner. Although there are a few programs you can take to become a licensed NP without having previously obtained a bachelor's degree, they will require quite a bit more time to complete than traditional NP programs. A master's degree in nursing will take about two years to complete, while a doctorate in nursing practice can take up to five years. Additionally, in order to graduate, you must complete a certain number of clinical hours. Usually, this number will be somewhere in the hundreds.

To work as an NP anywhere in the United States, you must obtain a license through your state's nursing board. You should first look to achieve certification (otherwise known as the Certified Nurse Practitioner) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. However, to even be able to sit for the NP certification exam, you must meet a number of eligibility requirements. For example, the certification eligibility criteria for the Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified includes holding an active RN license that was administered in the United States and having obtained a master's, post-master's, or doctorate degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. For more information on the various tracks that are available and their corresponding programs, check out our comprehensive list of accredited online nursing practitioner programs sorted by specialty.

Nurse-midwives can find more information about certification through the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists may also have relevant information, depending on your particular nurse practitioner specialization.

Here are the top accredited  online nurse practitioner programs

Kaplan University Annual Tuition $10,105 - $15,957
Walden University Annual Tuition $11,460
Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $17,000
California State University-Fresno Annual Tuition $17,447
Clarion University Annual Tuition $13,237
Columbus State University Annual Tuition $15,556
Concordia University - Wisconsin Annual Tuition $12,300
Darton State College Annual Tuition $9,021
Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,562
Drexel University Annual Tuition $37,505
Duke University Annual Tuition $45,376
East Carolina University Annual Tuition $20,256
Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $9,480
Florida State University Annual Tuition $21,570
George Washington University Annual Tuition $47,343
Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $26,690
Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $16,137
Graceland University Annual Tuition $23,530
Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $17,000
Kaplan University Annual Tuition $10,105 - $15,957
Montana State University Annual Tuition $20,717
Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $22,093
Northern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $16,464
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $16,327
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $24,210
Saint Joseph's College (Maine) Annual Tuition $31,920
Samford University Annual Tuition $26,328
South University Online Annual Tuition $14,647
Southeastern Louisiana University Annual Tuition $17,734
Spring Arbor University Online Annual Tuition $23,400
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Annual Tuition $15,668
University of Alabama Annual Tuition $23,950
University of Alaska Anchorage Annual Tuition $15,206
University of Arizona Annual Tuition $27,383
University of Cincinnati Annual Tuition $25,816
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $18,437
University of Hawaii at Manoa Annual Tuition $27,472
University of Kansas Annual Tuition $24,873
University of Nevada at Las Vegas Annual Tuition $20,600
University of New Mexico Annual Tuition $20,688
University of North Florida Annual Tuition $20,756
University of South Carolina-Columbia Annual Tuition $28,528
University of Southern Indiana Annual Tuition $15,553
University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $15,024
University of St Francis Annual Tuition $27,970
University of Wyoming Annual Tuition $14,124
Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $16,814
Walden University Annual Tuition $11,460
Wheeling Jesuit University Annual Tuition $27,830
Wilkes University Annual Tuition $30,350

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