A nurse practitioner evaluates patients, determines treatment plans, and delivers advanced nursing services. A nurse practitioner (with some level of physician supervision) can prescribe medications, unlike a nurse.
A master's degree in nursing is required to obtain this position, but some organizations may require a doctorate. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.
The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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A nurse practitioner can work in any medical setting including a hospital, doctor's office, or medical clinic.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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