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Nurse Practitioner Career Profile

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Nurse Practitioners (NPs) take on roles traditionally designated for physicians, such as family medicine.
Nurse Practitioners function as general or specialized health care professionals autonomously or under the supervision of a doctor. Many of these nurses perform together with physicians in a hospital or outpatient medical center, although some operate their own private practices.

There are several areas in which Nurse Practitioners can specialize. Here is a list of these specialties with corresponding certification title:

  • Acute Care NP (ACNP-BC)
  • Adult NP (ANP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP-BC)
  • Adult-Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
  • Emergency NP (ENP-BC)
  • Family NP (FNP-BC)
  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
  • Gerontological NP (GNP-BC)
  • Pediatric NP (PNP-BC)
  • School NP (SNP-BC)


Primary roles include writing prescriptions, identifying diseases, setting up courses of treatment and arranging patient lab tests.


Primary characteristics include being resourceful, organized, patient-personable and autonomous.


A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with concentration on a clinical specialty is usually required.


Certification in your chosen specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Salaries range between $60,000 – $85,000.