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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.

Accredited Nursing Colleges and Degree Programs
Advanced Practice Nurses
Advanced Practice Nursing: A New Age in Health Care
Advanced Practice Nursing Info
All Nursing Schools: Your Guide to Nursing Education and Careers
American Academy of Nursing
American Assembly for Men in Nursing; Scholarships
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Financial Aid Information; Student Scholarship Programs
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN); AACN Conference, May 18-21, 2015
American Association of Nurse Practitioners; National Conference, June 9-14, 2015
American Nurses Association (ANA)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA); Grants and Scholarships; APNA Annual Conference, October 28-31, 2015
Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA)
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN); AORN Scholarships and Grants
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); AWHONN Annual Convention, June 13-17, 2015
Bureau of Health Professions - Division of Nursing
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
Career Planning for Nursing
Discover Nursing
Doctoral Programs and Degrees
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS); ENRS Annual Conference, April 15-17, 2015
Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference, September 28 - October 3, 2015
Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
Exploring Nursing Career Options
Federal Nursing Student Loans
Financial Aid Information
Frontier Nursing University Courier Program Summer Health Internships
UMass. Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Nursing Program Information Sessions
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) 16-Month Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for Qualified Clark Students
Massachusetts Nurses Association
Masters in Nursing Guide
MGH Institute of Health Professions Master of Science in Nursing Program Information Session, April 29, 2015
Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS); MNRS Annual Conference, April 16-19, 2015; Scholarship Listing
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN); NAHN Nursing Scholarships; NAHN Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2015
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA); NBNA Annual Conference, July 29 - August 2, 2015
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); NINR Links
National League for Nursing
National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA)
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners Occupational Outlook
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Nurse Occupational Outlook
Nurse Practitioner Career Overview
Nurse Practitioner Job Profile
Nurse Profiles
Nurse Salaries
Nurses Educational Funds (NEF); NEF Scholarship Application Process
Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow Career Profiles
Nursing and Nursing Education Scholarship Resources
Nursing Career Information for Students
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
Nursing Explorer
Nursing License Map
Nursing Outlook Journal
Nursing Overview
Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam Online Course
Nursing Scholarship Opportunities
Nursing Scholarship Search
Nursing School Student Loans
Nursing Schools
Nursing Schools Guide
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)
Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG); PNEG Annual Conference, October 23-25, 2015
Registered Nurse Job Profile
San Francisco State University Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program
Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students
Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal
Types of Nursing Degrees
Western Institute of Nursing (WIN); WIN Conference, April 22-25, 2015
What Is Advanced Practice Nursing?
What Is Nursing?
Worcester District Medical Society (WMDS)/Worcester District Medical Society Alliance (WDMSA) Nursing Scholarship Fund
Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium
Your Nursing Career: A Look at the Facts


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 Program Ranking
Nursing Schools and Colleges

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.