Growth in the nursing field is projected at 11 percent or more annually through 2022 in every state!
Did you know our Health Professions Advisors advise students interested in ALL health professions? If you are interested in nursing, stop in and meet with Mary or Hannah to discuss what might be next for you after Midd.
Consider a Career as a Nurse Practitioner:
Nurse practitioners are some of the most highly educated people in the nursing profession. They are often responsible for the primary care of patients and have the medical authority to administer drugs and fluids. Nurse practitioners often specialize in areas of obstetrics or pediatrics. Because of the in-depth training required to become a nurse practitioner and the educational requirements to become licensed, many years of formal education are required beyond high school, usually 6 to 8 years. To become a nurse practitioner, a student must complete a 4-year degree program in a nursing-related field.
You’ll Have a B.A. from Middlebury—How to Become an NP:
- Once you have an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, you must apply to an accredited graduate program, where you will receive a Master’s Degree in Nursing (or a Doctorate in Nursing).
- After graduating, most states will require individuals to participate in residency and fellowship programs in order to learn a specialty.
- Some of the common specialties that NPs pursue through residency programs include cardiology, gerontology, pediatrics, gynecology, oncology, and primary care.
- Before being able to legally practice, a Nurse Practitioner must pass the National Board Certification Exam. After passing the exam, NPs must apply individually through the state for other certifications (e.g. APRN license, prescriptive authority, etc.)
- After receiving a state license, one has the option to apply for national certification from the American Nursing Association.
- Research Nursing Graduate programs before you apply—The American Nursing Association (ANA) is a good place to start.
- Complete requirements (such as Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry). Determine ahead of time whether there are classes not offered at Middlebury that are required for your specific program(s) (e.g. Anatomy).
- Gain observation experience by shadowing a Nurse Practitioner or a doctor who works in the specific field you may be interested in.
- Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) if the programs you are applying to require it.
- Personal Statement: The personal statement is a critical component of your application to graduate school. The personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, so it is important to take it seriously. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee understand who you are. Once you have a draft of your personal statement, bring it CCI to be reviewed by one of the Peer Career Advisers or schedule an appointment with Mary Lothrop or Hannah Benz (HP/STEM advisers at CCI).