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A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse who provides primary and specialty care to patients and families. As an NP, you're able to examine and diagnose patients, prescribe medication, recommend treatment, make referrals and give independent individualized care while promoting good health and disease prevention.

Nurse Practitioner Schools

To become an NP, you'll need to earn a master's degree in nursing (MSN). There are several nurse practitioner schools that can give you the education and training you need to gain NP licensure. Here is a list of five below to start your research:

  • Azusa Pacific University: Located in Azusa, California, this university offers a master's in nursing with nurse practitioner specialties in: Adult-Gerontology NP, Family NP, Pediatric NP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Johns Hopkins University: This university is renowned for educating professionals in the medical field. It offers a master's in nursing program with an interdisciplinary approach. This program is offered both online and on campus.
  • Saint Louis University: The Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-NP) at Saint Louis University is offered completely online and prepares graduates for a variety of specialities in the field.
  • Duke University: The School of Nursing at Duke offers a Master of Science in Nursing. Many of the courses for this program are offered via distance learning. Students also have the option of adding a specialty to their course of study.
  • San Francisco State University: This state university offers a master's of nursing program for registered nurses planning to attain an advanced practice nursing education.

Nurse Practitioner Education Requirements

A master's degree in nursing is an essential part of nurse practitioner education requirements. Some of the courses within the master's degree include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Surgical Techniques
  • Mental Health Studies
  • Computer Technology
  • Maternity
  • Nursing Management
  • Testing and Diagnosis

Before pursuing this degree, a student must have a registered nursing license. In addition, a background in science can help students overcome challenges with the coursework.

Receiving formal nurse practitioner training through an accredited program and graduating with a master's degree in nursing are the first steps to becoming a nurse practitioner. Upon graduation, you must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed registered nurse. If unsuccessful, the exam may be taken as many times as necessary.

Resources for Nurse Practitioners

Sources:

  1. Azusa Pacific University, http://www.apu.edu/nursing/graduate/msnnp/
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Practitioners, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm
  3. Duke University, https://nursing.duke.edu/academics/programs/msn/master-science-nursing
  4. Johns Hopkins University, http://nursing.jhu.edu/academics/programs/masters/msn-np-mph/
  5. Saint Louis University, http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/master-of-science-in-nursing-nurse-practitioner-(msn-np)
  6. San Francisco State University, http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu/elmsn

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Nurse Practitioner Schools

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Nurse Practitioner Schools jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 560 $94,290
Birmingham 560 $94,290
Huntsville 300 $91,120
Mobile 160 $73,460
Tuscaloosa 140 $90,390
Montgomery 120 $98,040
Dothan 70 $82,300
Muscle Shoals 70 $89,830
Florence 70 $89,830
Decatur 60 $89,650
Gadsden 60 $110,600
Fairhope 50 $94,480
Daphne 50 $94,480
Foley 50 $94,480
Opelika 40 $69,400
Auburn 40 $69,400
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 190 $110,080
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1490 $106,690
Mesa 1490 $106,690
Phoenix 1490 $106,690
Tucson 330 $94,520
Yuma 110 $109,530
Flagstaff 70 $102,050
Prescott 50 $101,760
Lake Havasu City 40 $102,840
Kingman 40 $102,840
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 530 $96,080
North Little Rock 530 $96,080
Little Rock 530 $96,080
Jonesboro 70 $85,080
Hot Springs 60 $100,810
Pine Bluff 40 $88,100
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 3700 $117,370
Los Angeles 3700 $117,370
Anaheim 3700 $117,370
San Francisco 1560 $127,760
Hayward 1560 $127,760
Oakland 1560 $127,760
Carlsbad 1300 $114,010
San Diego 1300 $114,010
Riverside 940 $107,850
Ontario 940 $107,850
San Bernardino 940 $107,850
Sunnyvale 650 $149,250
Santa Clara 650 $149,250
San Jose 650 $149,250
Arcade 510 $126,190
Sacramento 510 $126,190
Roseville 510 $126,190
Arden 510 $126,190
Fresno 350 $90,940
Vallejo 190 $158,370
Fairfield 190 $158,370
Oxnard 150 $114,580
Ventura 150 $114,580
Thousand Oaks 150 $114,580
Porterville 130 $127,230
Visalia 130 $127,230
Modesto 110 $111,150
Bakersfield 100 $123,180
Santa Rosa 90 $105,970
Stockton 80 $90,230
Lodi 80 $90,230
Santa Maria 80 $110,650
Santa Barbara 80 $110,650
San Luis Obispo 70 $107,380
Arroyo Grande 70 $107,380
Paso Robles 70 $107,380
Santa Cruz 70 $115,200
Watsonville 70 $115,200
El Centro 70 $116,700
Chico 70 $118,170
Redding 60 $93,990
Yuba City 60 $115,910
Napa 40 $114,080
Salinas 40 $117,850
Merced 30 $100,860
Madera N/A $126,840
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1280 $107,600
Lakewood 1280 $107,600
Denver 1280 $107,600
Colorado Springs 220 $95,290
Boulder 160 $110,610
Pueblo 150 $91,140
Fort Collins 100 $86,780
Greeley 90 $96,470
Grand Junction 60 $105,660
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 990 $105,890
East Hartford 990 $105,890
West Hartford 990 $105,890
Bridgeport 710 $98,180
Norwalk 710 $98,180
Stamford 710 $98,180
New Haven 450 $99,150
Danbury 200 $94,490
Waterbury 80 $97,160
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 90 $98,710
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2070 $89,920
Fort Lauderdale 2070 $89,920
Miami 2070 $89,920
St. Petersburg 1450 $91,440
Tampa 1450 $91,440
Clearwater 1450 $91,440
Kissimmee 900 $97,140
Sanford 900 $97,140
Orlando 900 $97,140
Jacksonville 700 $97,460
Fort Myers 370 $116,160
Cape Coral 370 $116,160
Pensacola 350 $92,430
Ferry Pass 350 $92,430
Brent 350 $92,430
Sarasota 330 $91,060
North Port 330 $91,060
Bradenton 330 $91,060
Titusville 330 $94,890
Palm Bay 330 $94,890
Melbourne 330 $94,890
Lakeland 220 $85,890
Winter Haven 220 $85,890
Port St. Lucie 190 $96,850
Gainesville 150 $84,770
Ocala 150 $87,000
Daytona Beach 150 $90,260
Ormond Beach 150 $90,260
Deltona 150 $90,260
Tallahassee 110 $85,820
Homosassa Springs 80 $94,140
Marco Island 70 $83,180
Naples 70 $83,180
Immokalee 70 $83,180
Panama City 70 $109,240
Fort Walton Beach 60 $91,550
Crestview 60 $91,550
Destin 60 $91,550
Punta Gorda 50 $90,480
Sebastian 50 $91,340
Vero Beach 50 $91,340
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 1940 $91,490
Atlanta 1940 $91,490
Roswell 1940 $91,490
Savannah 190 $95,560
Macon 140 $100,030
Gainesville 110 $89,420
Valdosta 80 $89,860
Rome 80 $99,270
Athens 70 $92,530
Clarke County 70 $92,530
Dalton 60 $96,370
Albany 50 $111,740
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 250 $119,450
Lahaina N/A $91,020
Wailuku N/A $91,020
Kahului N/A $91,020
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 320 $95,280
Coeur d'Alene 70 $87,900
Idaho Falls 40 $93,430
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 230 $84,220
Champaign 200 $94,010
Urbana 200 $94,010
Peoria 140 $87,240
Rockford 130 $90,670
Carbondale 60 $92,640
Marion 60 $92,640
Kankakee 60 $96,490
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1620 $94,020
Carmel 1620 $94,020
Indianapolis 1620 $94,020
Fort Wayne 200 $91,880
Elkhart 130 $92,040
Goshen 130 $92,040
Bloomington 120 $87,230
Lafayette 70 $96,710
West Lafayette 70 $96,710
Terre Haute 50 $94,230
Columbus 50 $127,620
Muncie 40 $88,350
Michigan City 40 $104,980
La Porte 40 $104,980
Kokomo N/A $90,210
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 270 $93,080
Des Moines 270 $93,080
Iowa City 200 $94,860
Cedar Rapids 120 $91,230
Cedar Falls 110 $92,730
Waterloo 110 $92,730
Dubuque 30 $89,730
Ames 30 $98,500
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 310 $85,550
Topeka 180 $95,740
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 350 $96,280
Fayette 350 $96,280
Bowling Green 100 $82,330
Owensboro 60 $91,460
Fort Knox 40 $94,120
Elizabethtown 40 $94,120
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 410 $96,740
New Orleans 410 $96,740
Baton Rouge 300 $91,610
Bossier City 180 $95,660
Shreveport 180 $95,660
Lafayette 150 $81,330
Lake Charles 110 $84,670
Monroe 110 $93,130
Alexandria 100 $90,660
Hammond 70 $92,530
Houma 60 $100,550
Thibodaux 60 $100,550
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 420 $93,740
Portland 420 $93,740
Bangor 180 $101,620
Auburn 100 $92,690
Lewiston 100 $92,690
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1830 $99,080
Columbia 1830 $99,080
Baltimore 1830 $99,080
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 130 $90,040
Leominster 90 $114,410
Gardner 90 $114,410
New Bedford 80 $103,590
Pittsfield 50 $101,220
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1330 $94,310
Detroit 1330 $94,310
Dearborn 1330 $94,310
Ann Arbor 350 $95,140
Grand Rapids 280 $90,990
Wyoming 280 $90,990
Saginaw 160 $89,070
Lansing 130 $92,740
East Lansing 130 $92,740
Flint 110 $97,150
Portage 90 $89,200
Kalamazoo 90 $89,200
Jackson 70 $100,200
Benton Harbor 40 $96,570
Niles 40 $96,570
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 880 $106,210
St. Cloud 130 $104,240
North Mankato 40 $102,450
Mankato 40 $102,450
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 630 $95,270
Gulfport 200 $97,690
Pascagoula 200 $97,690
Biloxi 200 $97,690
Hattiesburg 160 $97,520
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 270 $89,090
Joplin 220 $90,550
Columbia 160 $92,050
Jefferson City 50 $85,660
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 90 $95,850
Missoula 60 $92,130
Great Falls 50 $92,420
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 140 $87,730
Grand Island 40 $69,990
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 370 $97,480
Henderson 370 $97,480
Las Vegas 370 $97,480
Reno 170 $99,260
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $102,610
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 170 $109,520
Hammonton 140 $113,010
Atlantic City 140 $113,010
Ocean City 80 $124,120
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 510 $105,910
Las Cruces 90 $108,790
Santa Fe 70 $92,340
Farmington 30 $96,670
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 970 $90,040
Niagara Falls 710 $96,910
Cheektowaga 710 $96,910
Buffalo 710 $96,910
Albany 630 $97,320
Schenectady 630 $97,320
Troy 630 $97,320
Syracuse 500 $95,070
Utica 210 $91,890
Rome 210 $91,890
Binghamton 160 $86,840
Ithaca 70 $89,680
Kingston 70 $101,970
Elmira 60 $93,880
Glens Falls 50 $93,090
Fort Drum 50 $97,260
Watertown 50 $97,260
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 800 $98,370
Chapel Hill 800 $98,370
Raleigh 460 $99,450
Winston 280 $99,130
Salem 280 $99,130
Asheville 250 $93,250
Morganton 200 $95,600
Lenoir 200 $95,600
Hickory 200 $95,600
Greensboro 170 $92,460
High Point 170 $92,460
Wilmington 170 $96,120
Rocky Mount 90 $93,390
Fayetteville 80 $101,800
Jacksonville 50 $114,310
Goldsboro 40 $96,080
New Bern N/A $111,220
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $85,130
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 1840 $95,500
Cleveland 1840 $95,500
Columbus 1050 $95,000
Akron 440 $90,990
Toledo 430 $93,150
Dayton 420 $90,350
Canton 160 $91,520
Massillon 160 $91,520
Lima 50 $93,730
Mansfield 50 $97,690
Springfield N/A $87,160
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 620 $83,200
Tulsa 150 $86,540
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 150 $103,280
Eugene 110 $104,940
Medford 100 $112,490
Corvallis 60 $100,910
Bend 40 $105,560
Redmond 40 $105,560
Grants Pass 30 $98,190
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 840 $88,530
Carlisle 290 $99,540
Harrisburg 290 $99,540
Scranton 170 $99,950
Wilkes 170 $99,950
Hazleton 170 $99,950
Barre 170 $99,950
Reading 160 $93,630
Lancaster 140 $98,140
Erie 100 $87,740
Bloomsburg 100 $91,430
Berwick 100 $91,430
State College 70 N/A
York 70 $89,970
Hanover 70 $89,970
Altoona 60 N/A
Williamsport 40 $90,820
East Stroudsburg 40 $97,090
Johnstown N/A $95,660
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 1410 $22,230
Caguas 1410 $22,230
San Juan 1410 $22,230
Ponce 230 $17,580
Mayag�ez 150 $18,440
San Germ�n 60 $24,080
Isabela N/A $22,370
Aguadilla N/A $22,370
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 380 $89,010
Mauldin 380 $89,010
Greenville 380 $89,010
Columbia 300 $90,300
Charleston 240 $91,590
North Charleston 240 $91,590
Spartanburg 120 $93,460
Florence 90 $93,780
Bluffton 60 $100,100
Hilton Head Island 60 $100,100
Beaufort 60 $100,100
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 230 $93,970
Rapid City 70 $93,770
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1300 $85,550
Franklin 1300 $85,550
Davidson 1300 $85,550
Nashville 1300 $85,550
Knoxville 690 $90,220
Johnson City 230 $94,390
Jackson 80 $93,800
Morristown 70 $86,740
Cleveland 50 $89,960
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 2620 $102,550
Fort Worth 2620 $102,550
Dallas 2620 $102,550
Sugar Land 1760 $113,770
The Woodlands 1760 $113,770
Houston 1760 $113,770
Austin 730 $94,370
Round Rock 730 $94,370
San Antonio 630 $96,870
New Braunfels 630 $96,870
Brownsville 200 $110,540
Harlingen 200 $110,540
El Paso 160 $110,610
Mission 160 $117,530
Edinburg 160 $117,530
McAllen 160 $117,530
Port Arthur 160 $117,640
Beaumont 160 $117,640
Lubbock 110 $97,900
Corpus Christi 100 $99,140
Tyler 100 $107,470
Amarillo 90 $89,830
Longview 80 $86,950
Abilene 80 $106,100
Odessa 50 $97,140
Wichita Falls 50 $100,100
Midland 50 $106,940
San Angelo 40 $95,860
Laredo N/A $79,550
Waco N/A $96,270
Temple N/A $112,470
Killeen N/A $112,470
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 810 $94,230
Provo 270 $96,700
Orem 270 $96,700
Ogden 210 $90,760
Clearfield 210 $90,760
St. George 50 $99,770
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 160 $94,890
Burlington 160 $94,890
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 760 $90,410
Charlottesville 220 $94,660
Roanoke 170 $90,360
Lynchburg 120 $89,440
Radford 60 $91,040
Christiansburg 60 $91,040
Blacksburg 60 $91,040
Harrisonburg 60 $92,060
Waynesboro 60 $96,450
Staunton 60 $96,450
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1440 $106,150
Tacoma 1440 $106,150
Bellevue 1440 $106,150
Spokane 170 $100,540
Spokane Valley 170 $100,540
Richland 100 $102,050
Kennewick 100 $102,050
Yakima 90 $94,840
Mount Vernon 70 $89,560
Anacortes 70 $89,560
Bremerton 70 $112,050
Silverdale 70 $112,050
Bellingham 60 $92,950
Olympia 60 $101,390
Tumwater 60 $101,390
Wenatchee 50 $99,610
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Beckley 150 $85,300
Charleston 130 $89,630
Vienna 80 $92,060
Parkersburg 80 $92,060
Morgantown 70 $91,960
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 780 $93,170
West Allis 780 $93,170
Milwaukee 780 $93,170
Madison 300 $94,050
Green Bay 160 $97,840
Neenah 90 $95,530
Oshkosh 90 $95,530
Appleton 80 $94,340
Sheboygan 60 $88,620
Fond du Lac 50 $96,310
Eau Claire 40 $90,350
Beloit 40 $96,720
Janesville 40 $96,720
Racine N/A $99,510
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 50 $95,270
Cheyenne 50 $96,460
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