Online Adult Nurse Practitioner Programs

Learn course and clinical work requirements for a Master of Science in Nursing degree program with an adult nurse practitioner specialization. Discover how to earn this degree online. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Do I Complete a Nurse Practitioner Degree?

No nursing programs offer an adult nurse practitioner degree. You earn a Master of Science in Nursing and focus your studies on adult nurse practitioner (ANP) classes. When you graduate, you are considered a registered nurse trained at the master's degree level with a nurse practitioner specialty.

Earning Your ANP DegreeWhile not available as a specific degree, ANP classes are offered as a specialization of a Master of Science in Nursing
Online Degree OptionsOnline programs are available, though they typically require some on campus exams and clinical work portions
PrerequisitesApplicants must be a licensed registered nurse, most often with a bachelor's degree in nursing or relevant training as determined by the program admissions
CourseworkClasses are taught in sequence and cover topics like health assessment, pharmacology and information technology

What Are My Online Degree Options?

It is possible to earn a Master of Science in Nursing with an ANP specialty through an online program. However, not all of your work will be online, and the rules about online attendance vary. Some programs allow you take all of your tests online, while others may require you to take certain exams in-person at the school's campus. There are programs that have no residency requirement and programs that require you to come to campus at least once a year for several days at a time.

You will also need to complete approximately 600-650 hours of clinical work in person. This clinical practicum is arranged by you at a location that is convenient for you, and it is generally completed somewhere other than your current place of employment. You will likely have an advisor at your site to help confirm with your school that you are completing the necessary hours. However, some schools will send program faculty to your clinical site to evaluate your progress.

Do I Have to Be a Nurse to Enter the Program?

You will need to have a valid nursing license in good standing. In general, most programs prefer you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution. Some programs may accept you if you are a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in a nursing-related field or if you have completed certain upper-level classes in nursing. However, you may need to take remedial classes during the program. Some online programs will only accept individuals with a BSN.

What Kinds of Topics Will I Study?

In most ANP programs, the coursework is designed to move in a particular order, meaning you cannot necessarily choose when you take a specific class. Because of this sequencing of classes, programs may offer up to six years for you to complete your degree, in case you miss part of the sequence and have to wait for it to be offered again.

You will be taught how to provide your patients with information to maintain and improve their health. Class topics can include health assessment, adult gerontology primary care, and pharmacology. If you choose, you can focus your studies even further by choosing a subspecialty like aging adults. Because the rules regarding the maintenance of health care records are changing, you will also study the impact information technology has on record-keeping.

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