I am in orthopaedic residency and my best friend is getting his Associates in nursing. We plan to work together when all is said and done. He is wanting to get his masters eventually. He is a single father with 4 kids (yep that's right 4). He is incredibly smart. What I want to know is what options does he have in terms of getting his NP degree and able to work with me as a provider? Does he have to get a BSN or can he just complete a BS/BA degree before getting his masters? If he decides to try some of this online stuff (RN to BSN) how will that affect his application to NP school? When applying for his NP what criteria does he have to look for to ensure that he will be able to be a Provider in my office (follow ups, first assist, H&P's, D/C summaries, some call, Rx's and rounding). I know of one person who got their NP degree was in a OB office, quit, then went into ortho and was unable to be a provider for some reason or another. This is why I ask.