500 to 1000 hours of clinical training is 3 to 6 months full time training leading to fully autonomous medical provider in many States. A PA receives over 2000 hours of hands on clinical and still has to have a supervising Physician. A Physician receives 4000 hours of clinical training in medical school and 3 to 6 years of post graduate training with over 10,000 hours of experience to be a fully autonomous medical provider. The math doesn't add up for patient safety! [/QUOTE]That sounds like a very valid concern. Is this a bigger concern for you than an NP program being online or from a for-profit school?[/QUOTE] Yes, clinical experience is very important and how is it validated through distance learning and Uncle Joe the Family doc who supposedly supervises the student? Answer: A signature to submit to professor that hours are completed. It is near impossible to buffalo your clinical experience in a University Hospital setting or random clinic assigned to you by Faculty that are affiliated with the University. [/QUOTE]And do we know if what you're concerned about is common across the board for all schools offering NP programs, or do you see it as just an online or for-profit issue? [/QUOTE] I think Brick and Mortar Schools with University Hospitals have more at stake as well as the necessary resources to teach their students. The online schools have nurses with a Masters degree in administration going back to online school and pursuing a 500 hour post graduate certificate in a specialty like Psychiatry or Family Practice and somehow get a full autonomous license to practice medicine in their community. Look at the websites of these online NP schools and they are selling a bag of goods! Look at the advertisements stating "work full-time while pursuing a 100% online degree with a weekend intensive and clinicals arranged in your community", "complete your nurse practitioner degree in as little as 12 to 18 months". Really? Does that advertisement distill upon patients a feeling of overwhelming confidence about their medical provider? [/QUOTE]If so, then I would say the concern is even more valid, but how can we know for sure?[/QUOTE] The only reason NPs have such scope of practice in States across the nation is because they have the hundreds of thousands in their numbers to lobby state legislatures to make laws that allow them that scope! Like I said, a one to two year fellowship with a limited license until completion would greatly enhance patient safety!!