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"Advanced Practice Nurses" include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and others. They are primary and acute health care providers. License depends on specialty and generally allows advanced practice nurses to conduct physical exams, order and interpret lab tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, and counsel patients. They are independent practitioners.

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Advanced Practice Programs are Master's Degree Programs leading to M.S.N. Types of Advanced Practice Nurses include N.P. (Nurse Practitioner), C.N.S (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Nurse-Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist, and others.

Program Length

2 years beyond the B.S.N. Accelerated B.S.N. Programs, 1 year. Direct Entry Master's Programs, approximately 3 years.

Professional Schools' Organization

AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing); Nursing Program Search
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs
Best Nursing Programs
Find a Nursing School
Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) into Nursing at UMass. Med.
Master's in Nursing Programs
NLN Foundation for Nursing Education
Nursing Graduate School Programs
Nursing Schools and Colleges
Top Nursing Schools

Application Service

NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service)

Academic Admission Requirements

Direct Entry Master's Programs vary in their requirements. Some common requirements include Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology (Developmental, Abnormal), English.

Admission Exam

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Maturity, motivation, commitment to and interest in working closely with patients, sense of activism and interest in social justice, ability to work independently. Direct patient care experience.

Recommendation Letters

Individual letters of support.