There are many factors to consider when searching for a nurse practitioner program that is right for you.
- Are you considering in-person classes, fully online, or a mixture of both?
- Do you want to receive your MSN or DNP?
- How much are you willing to pay?
- Does the school offer different types of Nurse Practitioner degrees?
If you have your RN only and not your BSN, some schools offer RN to ARNP routes. You also need to consider which specialty you are interested in. Common ones include family, pediatric, gerontology, psychiatric, and nurse midwife. There is a combination of every program type out there, but you have to be diligent in your search.
A good place to start is using the U.S. News and World Report website. They have every school organized and ranked based on certification passing scores, faculty to student ratio, faculty credentials, and much more. You can narrow your search based on the type of program you are interested in, ranking, preferred specialty, and much more. Another factor to consider is if the school requires you to take the GRE. The website does an excellent job of listing what prerequisites are necessary for each school so you can determine if the school is a right fit for you. It also provides each school’s tuition rates and fees so you can get a better idea of what you can expect to pay.
In my opinion, in the end, it really doesn’t matter so much as to what school you go to, but more so that the school is accredited and, most importantly, will provide a sound foundation that will prepare you for your boards and to become a rock star nurse practitioner.