SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I don't know which path I am suppose to take...becoming a nurse practitioner or medical doctor. In the future, I would like to have my own independent practice in an underserved community. It will be a clinic not only for medical care, but I would also like to provide workshops and counseling for low-income families and minorities. I am also worried that people who do not know about nurse practitioners might think that they are not as credible as doctors. What would I have to do to reach my goal? Will becoming a nurse practitioner be sufficient?