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Study nurse practitioner abroad

An in-depth guide to studying nurse practitioner as an international student.

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Nurse practitioner degrees abroad

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who’ve completed specialist educational and clinical training programs. They’re equipped to provide a more advanced level of patient care that involves diagnosing and treating disease and illness.

By enrolling in a nurse practitioner program, you’ll develop the clinical knowledge and skills needed to become a safe, caring, and compassionate medical professional. You’ll learn how to perform physical examinations, interpret diagnostic tests, produce treatment plans, and administer medication. You’ll also gather crucial experience by working across a variety of medical settings and specialisms.

To become a successful nurse practitioner, you must provide appropriate primary care to patients from an array of countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity to see healthcare through a global lens. Interacting with different people, conditions, and practices will transform you into a more inclusive and competent practitioner.

Nurse practitioner program structure

To become a nurse practitioner, you’ll first need to complete a BSc or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). These are usually four-year programs that prepare students to work as registered nurses.

After qualifying as a registered nurse, you’ll need to enroll in a master of science in nursing program (MSN). All nurse practitioners must have an MSN as their minimum qualification. It’s a program that usually requires two years of full-time study and you’ll be expected to specialize in a particular area, like adult nursing, pediatrics, or mental health.

Once you’ve completed your MSN, you can go on to pursue a doctor of nursing practice (DNP). On these programs, students undertake pioneering research aimed at improving human health and wellbeing. A typical DNP program lasts between three and four years.

Nursing programs normally blend classroom teaching with clinical experience. You’ll spend up to 50% of your time on placement in hospitals, with the remainder of your course being taught through interactive lectures, role play, group workshops, and practical classes.

Nursing programs are designed to provide students with a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. Although modules will vary slightly from university to university, common areas of study include:

  • Principles of nursing
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Essential skills and nursing practice
  • Person-centered care
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Healthcare ethics and law
  • Medicine management
  • Communication and professional values

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Nurse practitioner study abroad programs

Nurse practitioner graduate programs

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    Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    46,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 46,260 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care - MSN Felician University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,360 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,360 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Family Nurse Practitioner - MSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,618 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,618 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Collaborative Nurse Practitioner - MNurs University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Family Nurse Practitioner - MSN Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner - PhD Fairfield University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,650 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Future nurse practitioner careers

As a nurse practitioner, you’ll have the knowledge and expertise to join the fight for global health and wellbeing. You can practice in almost any country around the world and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Here are some of the rewarding and fulfilling roles secured by graduates:

  • General nurse practitioner
  • Cardiac nurse practitioner
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner
  • Oncology nurse practitioner
  • Surgical nurse practitioner
  • Mental health nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Neurology nurse practitioner

If you’re finding it tricky to decide on the right area of nursing for you, try to arrange some extra work experience in your local hospital outside of term time. Observing the roles and responsibilities of different staff across various departments is a great way of figuring out what you’re most passionate about.