How to Become a
Nurse Practitioner

with a Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

1

Earn Your BSN

The Marian ABSN program makes it possible to earn a BSN in as few as

16 months.

2

Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

Useful Tip

Take the exam

1 to 2 months

after earning your BSN, while everything
you learned is still fresh in your mind.

3

Work as a Registered Nurse

This will help you get a better sense of

what path you want
your career to take.

4

Earn Your MSN in 2-3 Years

Choose a general path of practice, or one that specializes in a certain patient population or a specific area of care, such as:

Family Nursing
Family
Nursing
Pediatric Care
Pediatric
Care
Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing
Psychiatric -
Mental Health
Nursing
Women's Health Nursing
Women’s
Health
Nursing

5

Pass a National NP
Certification Exam

National certification agencies that offer NP certification exams
recognized by ALL state boards of nursing include:

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
National Certification Corporation

6

Obtain Your APRN License

Obtain Your APRN License
Useful Tip

Visit aanp.org to learn more about

licensure & regulatory requirements

for nurse practitioners in your state.