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Nurse Practitioner Education in Maryland

Legislative statute mandates that students graduate from an accredited program approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing. All nurse practitioner programs in Maryland award Master's Degree’s or Post-Master's Certificate as a nurse practitioner.  Several university programs within Maryland are establishing Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs, which the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has suggested be the entry-level practice for nurse practitioners by 2015.

Nurse practitioner educational programs are designed to prepare students to become certified through national professional examinations as nurse practitioners in one of the specialty areas of practice--pediatrics, adult- gerontology, family, neonatal, gender specific, and psychiatry-mental health..  This national certification is required in order to obtain licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Maryland. 

Every nurse practitioner needs to be aware of the changes made in 2008 regarding the role of licensure, accreditation, certification and education recommended by the Consensus Model. The Consensus Model makes an attempt to standardize that approach on a national level.  For a brief synopsis of the Consensus Model CLICK HERE.    

NPAM has information available to help students navigate the bridge between student and new graduate roles--a sometimes cumbersome path.  This includes the information in Student Survival Guide. These are only available to members of NPAM.  NPAM also has a special board member who works to help students make the transition from school to practice.




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