Top Things to Consider in Choosing a Nurse Practitioner Program

If you're thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner, you have a lot of options when it comes to your education. In fact, you have an overwhelming number of options. You can go to school part-time, full-time, online or on campus. You can choose a school that's affordable or one that's more prestigious but pricey. Then, there's a program's quality to consider. So, how do you sort through your options and evaluate NP programs?

Today on MyMidlevelU eCourses, we've posted a video outlining the top things you should consider in choosing your nurse practitioner program. From personal considerations to comparing the quality of various programs, our latest eCourse goes into detail about the different things you need to take into account when it comes to deciding where you will further your education. 

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The first step in looking at your nurse practitioner program options is to weigh personal considerations. Develop a list of programs that match the specialty you want to study and offer programs in a format that fits your scheduling needs. Look at the cost of these programs comparing them by price. How important are finances in furthering your education? Asking these questions will help you narrow down your list of prospective programs. 

Once you have evaluated programs according to personal considerations, the second step in choosing a nurse practitioner program is to evaluate the school's quality. There are a few key aspects to consider in comparing quality. The percentage of students passing the national certification exam each year can clue you in to how well a program prepares students for the real world. Schools that line up clinical preceptorships for students rather than making students locate their own preceptors helps prevent frustrating graduation delays. Get this information before you apply to an NP program and consider it in making your enrollment decision. 

The final step in making your NP program decision is to decide which schools deserve to receive your application. How many applications should you submit? Find out by watching the new eCourse!

 

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