Happy Good Friday! I hope you are looking forward to some exciting Easter plans with friends and family this weekend. I anticipate spending the next few days over-indulging in Peeps and Dove chocolate, my favorite Easter treats. If you find time between filling plastic eggs and cooking a Sunday afternoon feast, check out this week's more interesting medical news.
Have you been paying attention to the latest legislative issues affecting nurse practitioners? If not, there's been a buzz recently about laws regulating nurse practitioner's ability to practice. As our country faces an aging population and drastic increases in the number of medically insured, we are concurrently experiencing a primary care shortage. Naturally, nurse practitioners have been named as one solution to the problem.
My mind was about to explode with NP and PA program admissions Q&A earlier this week. Having spoken with admissions experts from both nurse practitioner and physician assistant admissions faculty I felt that I couldn't get this valuable inside look into the admissions process out to readers fast enough. These interviews answered questions I commonly receive from aspiring NPs and PAs as well as offered tips for getting admitted to the NP or PA program of your dreams.
Applying to nurse practitioner programs is not an easy task. Not only are there hundreds of programs to choose from, application requirements for each program can be quite demanding. You must request letters of recommendation, write admissions essays and prepare for interviews. Fortunately, the time and energy you put into your NP program application will be worth the effort. Which parts of the application process matter most in the eyes of admissions faculty?