North Dakota is one of many states in which Nurse Practitioners can make a difference in the provision of primary healthcare services. As one of many states that employs a relatively low number of NPs (500 per the BLS, 2012 figures), there is room for more RNs to earn their advanced degrees, likely advancing healthcare services at the same time.
NPs who enjoy living and working in rural areas may find financial reward: North Dakota has a loan repayment program available for nurse practitioners who agree to work in healthcare-needy areas of the state, and NPs earn a mean annual income of almost $90,000 in North Dakota (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
North Dakota NPs are able to practice without a collaborative agreement. However, if they want to prescribe medications, they must have a collaborative relationship with a North Dakota physician, much like many other states in the nation.
Nurses in North Dakota who want to advance their education and become nurse practitioners can attend an online school, such as Georgetown University, or one of these institutions:
- North Dakota State University. Located in Fargo, North Dakota State offers a DNP-level family nurse practitioner program.
- University of Mary. A Benedictine university in Bismarck, the University of Mary offers a blended online/on-site master's-level family nurse practitioner program.
- University of North Dakota. The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks offers an online family nurse practitioner program that can be completed in five semesters. The part-time option typically takes seven semesters.