This southern, seaside state has just under 3000 Nurse Practitioners providing care in the state (BLS, 2012) Some of the areas in which NPs practice include mental health, primary care and pediatrics. There are many additional focus areas in which NPs can work, and if you are yet to decide upon a focus for your advanced practice nursing degree, we encourage to browse the specialties section of this site, where you will find more information about options for expanding your nursing career.
Nurse practitioners in North Carolina are jointly regulated by the Boards of Nursing and Medicine. A collaborative agreement with a North Carolina physician is required to diagnose and treat patients and to prescribe medication. The mean annual salary for a North Carolina nurse practitioner is $89,760 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), with NPs in urban areas usually earning more than their rural counterparts.
North Carolina nurses who want to advance their education and become nurse practitioners can attend an online school, or one of these in-state schools:
- Duke University. Duke's school of nursing is ranked among the top 15 national nursing schools by U.S. News and World Report. The master's-level adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and geriatric nurse practitioner programs are offered primarily online. Students can also select the neonatal nurse practitioner, oncology nurse practitioner and pediatric (primary or acute) nurse practitioner tracks.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill was the first university in North Carolina to offer a nurse practitioner program. U.S. News and World Report ranked UNC-Chapel Hill's pediatric nurse practitioner program 10th in the nation; their family nurse practitioner program ranked 11th. The school also offers an innovative combined clinical nurse specialist/nurse practitioner program in psych/mental health.
- East Carolina University. Located in Greenville, East Carolina offers master's-level NP tracks such as: adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner. Most coursework is offered online; clinical practice sites are arranged close to students' homes.