Prospective nurse practitioners are rightly fascinated by the ‘bridge’ or accelerated nurse practitioner programs offered by many schools. These programs present an excellent opportunity for students seeking a career change. Accelerated nurse practitioner programs offer students the opportunity to attend a two to three year program through which they obtain both an RN and MSN degree. Which schools offer accelerated nurse practitioner degrees? How long do these programs take? Most importantly, how much do they cost?
Check out this list of nurse practitioner schools offering bridge programs; nurse practitioner programs for students without a nursing degree. Through these programs you can become a nurse practitioner without a health care background or nursing experience in just 2 to 4 years.
As a product of a nurse practitioner bridge program myself, I can speak to the benefit of these programs. Although I did not major in nursing or hold an RN degree, I was able to complete my nurse practitioner program in just two years. I believe these programs are an excellent opportunity for non-nurses aspiring to enter the nurse practitioner profession.