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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

What They Do:

The role for an advanced practice nurse falls between an RN and a physician. APRNs diagnose and manage short-term and long-term diseases, perform physical assessments, create treatment plans, and prescribe medications. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Types of APRN:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • Must have an active, unrestricted license as a registered nurse
  • Must have a work history as a registered nurse for at least 2,000 hours
  • Must have a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree
  • Must have a Masters of Science in Nursing degree
  • Must have a state and/or national certification in advanced practice nursing
  • In addition to the minimum of 5-7 years of nursing experience needed, nurse practitioner candidates will also complete a 2 year Clinical Masters Degree course.

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