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Advance Practice Nursing

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Advanced practice nurses conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, and order and interpret lab tests, depending on licensure. Serving in both primary and acute care settings, advance practice nurses are independent practitioners. If you're mature and self-motivated to work independently, advance practice nursing offers several options for a very rewarding career, ranging from nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist to midwife or nurse anesthetist.

If you already have a nursing degree and are ready for a graduate nursing program, or if you want to obtain a nursing degree before pursuing your NP, consider UMass Lowell's Department of Nursing. We offer a proud history, distinguished faculty, national recognition, and a commitment to preparing students for this uniquely rewarding field through challenging coursework and direct patient care experience.

There are also several programs that accept students from any major and train them to the RN and NP level sequentially. Your pre-health professions advisor can help you choose the path that's right for you.


Program Length
Up to 2 1/2 years

Professional Schools’ Organization
American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)

Application Service
Each school has individual application processes. See your pre-health advisor for more information.

Academic Admission Requirements
Anatomy and Physiology 1&2, Microbiology, Statistics

Admission Exam
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Recommendation Letters
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health professions advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.