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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.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN); AMSN Annual Convention, September 26-29, 2019
Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN); ANN Conferences
Accelerated Nursing Programs
Accelerated Nursing Programs: Facts and Advice
Advanced Practice Nursing Degree Overview
Advanced Practice Nursing Fact Sheet
Advanced Practice Nursing Information
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Career Information
Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Guide
AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund
Air Force Nurse Career Information
American Academy of Nursing (AAN)
American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN); Scholarships
American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarships and Financial Aid Information; Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN); Scholarships
American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN)
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American Nurse Practitioners (ANPF) Scholarships and Grants
American Nurses Association (ANA); Career Center
American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA Mass); ANA Mass Career Center; ANA Mass Scholarships
American Nurses Foundation
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA); Grants and Scholarships
American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN)
Army Nurse Corps
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA); Scholarships
Army Nursing Career
Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA); Scholarship
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN); Scholarships and Grants
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Bureau of Health Workforce Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Grants
Clinical Nurse Specialist Career Guide
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Discover Nursing Virtual Fair, September 19, 2019
Diversity in Nursing: Males Nurses and Minorities
DNP vs PhD in Nursing: What's the Difference?
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Interview Questions Guide
Doctoral Degrees in Nursing
Doctorate Degrees in Nursing
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA); ENA Foundation Scholarship Opportunities; ENA Conference, September 29 - October 2, 2019
Family Nurse Practitioner Career
Family Nurse Practitioner Career Guide
Family Nurse Practitioner Career Information
Federal Nursing Student Loans
Financial Aid for Minority Nursing Students
Financial Aid Guide
Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Overview and Scholarships
Flight Nurse Career Guide
Forensic Nurse Career Guide
Forensic Nurse Specialties
Frontier Nursing University Courier Program Summer Health Internships
Funding Your Nursing School Education
Gender Stereotypes in Nursing
Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)
Labor and Delivery Nurse Career Guide
Male Nurse Career Benefits
Male Nurse Demand Rising
Male Nurse Experiences
Male Nurse Growth in Health Care
Male Nurse Info
Male Nurse Recruiting
Male Nurse Scholarship Programs
Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men
Male Nurses: Gaining Influence and Breaking Stereotypes
Male Nurses Increasingly Entering the Workforce
Male Nursing Statistics
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) 16-Month Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for Qualified Clark Students
Massachusetts Nurses Association; Massachusetts Nurses Foundation Scholarships
Masters in Nursing Guide
Men in Nursing
Men in Nursing and Nursing School
Men in Nursing: Being a Male Nurse
Men in Nursing Guide
Men in Nursing Opportunities
Men in Nursing Sees Big Increase
Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
Minorities in Nursing Guide; Scholarship Listing
Minority Nursing Scholarship
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN); NAHN Nursing Scholarships
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA); NBNA Scholarship Program
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); NINR Links
National, International, and State Nurse Practitioner Associations List
National League for Nursing (NLN); NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Awards; NLN Education Summit, September 25-28, 2019
National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA); Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA) Scholarships
Navy Nursing Careers
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Career Guide
Neonatal Nursing Schools and Careers
Nurse Anesthetist Career Guide
Nurse Anesthetist Career Information
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners Occupational Outlook
Nurse Career and Education News
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program; Loan Repayment Program
Nurse Educator Career Guide
Nurse Occupational Outlook Career Guides
Nurse Practitioner Career Guide
Nurse Practitioner Career Overview
Nurse Practitioner Duties
Nurse Practitioner Job Profile
Nurse Practitioner Programs and Careers
Nurse Profiles
Nurse Salaries
Nurse Scholarships
Nurses Educational Funds (NEF); NEF Scholarship Application Process
Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow Career Profiles
Nursing Career Facts
Nursing Career Guide
Nursing Career Information
Nursing Career Options
Nursing Career Planning
Nursing Degree and Career Article Library
Nursing Degree Breakdown
Nursing Degree Guide
Nursing Degree Programs
Nursing Degree Types
Nursing Degrees
Nursing Duties
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
Nursing Explorer
Nursing Graduate Student Resource Center
Nursing Information
Nursing in the United States (Maryville University)
Nursing Interview Questions
Nursing Interview Questions and Answers
Nursing Interview Questions and Best Answers
Nursing Interview Sample Questions
Nursing License Map
Nursing Organizations
Nursing Outlook Journal
Nursing Overview
Nursing Programs and Careers
Nursing Salaries
Nursing Scholarship
Nursing Scholarship Database
Nursing Scholarship Opportunities
Nursing Scholarships
Nursing Scholarships and Financial Aid
Nursing Scholarships List
Nursing School
Nursing School Interview Preparation Advice
Nursing School Interview Questions
Nursing School Interview Tips
Nursing School Student Loans
Nursing Schools Guide
Nursing Shortage Fact Sheet
Nursing Student Scholarship
Nursing Volunteer Abroad Projects
Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse Career Guide
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Nursing Master's Degree Scholarships; Nursing Doctoral Degree Scholarships
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)
Ophthalmic Nurse Career Information
Paying for Nursing School Guide
Pediatric Nurse Career Information
PhD Nurse Profiles
Prerequisites for Nursing
Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG); PNEG Conference, October 3-6, 2019
Professionally Active Nurses by Gender
Profiles in Nursing
Prospective Nursing Student Resource Guide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Career Guide
Registered Nurse Career Information
Registered Nurse Job Profile
RN Careers
RN Numbers by Gender
San Francisco State University Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program
Scholarship for Nursing Students
Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students
School Nurse Career Guide
Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
State Nurses Associations; List
Top Nursing Schools Guide
Travel Nurse Career Guide Nursing Education Scholarship
Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)


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 Degree in Nursing Programs
NLN Foundation for Nursing Education
Nursing Degrees and Programs
Nursing Graduate Programs
Top Nursing Schools

Application Service

NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service)
NursingCAS Participating Schools
Fee Assistance Program

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


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.