NPs must complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and successfully pass the state's NCLEX-RN exam. Nurses with ADN degrees will need to obtain their BSN first or attend either a BSN to MSN or BSN to doctoral degree program. Before attending NP school, a nurse should gain experience in their desired interest area.
Certified nurse practitioners must complete an MSN or doctorate degree. There has been a push to require NPs to have DNPs, so starting on that path is worth considering.