Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses whose advanced training
and graduate education enable them to provide high level primary care to people of all
ages. They work in collaboration with physicians and other health professionals. With
the increased need for primary care providers, there is a particularly high demand for
nurse practitioners nationally and across the commonwealth of Virginia.
• take detailed health histories and perform complete physical exams.
• diagnose patients and decide treatment plans.
• treat common acute conditions, illnesses or minor injuries.
• provide health management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
• prescribe medications.
• counsel patients and their families on preventive care, health problems and
Nurse practitioners sometimes specialize in one or more areas, such as acute care, pediatrics,
adult, family, women’s, geriatric or school health. Depending on their interests,
nurse practitioners may work in private medical offices, clinics, schools, health maintenance
organizations, health departments or hospitals. Some have their own private
Average Salary Range
$55,000 – $90,000
Students interested in becoming certified nurse practitioners should take challenging high school courses in science, math and
English, including advanced placement courses. To become a nurse practitioner, students must first complete education and training
to be a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. In addition, they must complete an accredited master’s degree program and pass certification examinations. Nurse practitioner programs are graduate level.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
P.O. Box 12846
Austin, TX 78711
American College of Nurse Practitioners
1111 19th St., NW, Suite 404
Washington, D.C. 20036