Nurse Practitioner

Occupation Information table
Overview: Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with an advanced educational degree & clinical experience. They provide health care to people of all ages with an emphasis on wellness through complete physical examinations, diagnostic screening for health disorders, vaccinations, injuries, etc.
Duties: They administer complete physical exams, diagnoses and treatment instructions to the patients. They assess the patient's symptoms along with medical history and lab test results.

They write prescriptions for patients according to state laws which may require a physician's signature. They may consult with physicians regarding diagnosis and treatment.

An important aspect of the nurse practitioner's approach to health care is patient education. They help patients understand links between health, diet and exercise. Treat minor injuries.

Provide health maintenance services such as vaccinations, blood pressure screening, cholesterol & diabetes tests. May specialize in health of children, the aged or mental patients.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $58,000 to $62,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with an advanced degree. To be a registered nurse, you require 2 to 5 years of training leading to an associate or bachelor's degree, or a diploma and pass a licensing exam. Nurse practitioner training includes an additional one to two years of training that usually leads to a master's degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.