Becoming A Certified Nurse Practitioner

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Linda Gottwald holds responsibilities as the executive director of the Pine Cone Farm animal shelter in Traverse City. In addition to her administrative role with this animal shelter, Linda Gottwald is a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center in Michigan.

Becoming a nurse practitioner takes years of practice, dedication, and education, as practitioners are widely considered to be among the most versatile and knowledgeable professionals in the nursing industry. The first step toward becoming a nurse practitioner begins with a four-year degree program in an area of nursing, such as obstetrics or pediatrics. After a degree is obtained, nursing students need to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

While becoming a registered nurse is not mandatory for aspiring nurse practitioners, it can help in a number of ways, not the least of which is providing studying nurse practitioners with job opportunities while they complete the certification process. Individuals who pass the National Council Licensure exam will next need to enroll in a four-year nurse practitioner degree program, followed by a two- to four-year master’s program that issues Nurse Practitioner (NP) degrees.

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