Your Path to Becoming a Nurse Practioner

Begin Your Path
1

Earn a BSN

The ABSN program at CSP lets you earn a BSN in as few as 16 months.

Earn a BSN
2

Pass the NCLEX-RN®

We recommend taking the exam within a few months of graduating, while you still remember much of what you’ve learned.

Pass the NCLEX-RN
3

Gain experience as a registered nurse

Working as a nurse will help you determine your career direction.

Gain experience as a registered nurse
4

Earn an MSN within the next 2—3 years

Now is the time to decide whether to pursue general practice or a specialization—such as pediatrics, oncology, or psychiatric nursing.

Earn an MSN within the next 2—3 years
5

Pass an NP certification exam

The following agencies offer exams recognized by the boards of nursing in all states:

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • National Certification Corporation
Pass an NP certification exam
6

Obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license

Visit aanp.org to learn more about licensure and other requirements in your home state.

Obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license
Congratulations! You did it!