It can take roughly 3-5 years to go from non-nurse to NP through our program options but it depends on what education you’ve already earned and how quickly you want to progress. Discover how to go from non-nursing to nurse practitionerExplore Now Other Questions Is the LPN to RN-BSN program hard? How much can a medical assistant make? Does Herzing offer an accelerated nursing program? What are the different types of medical assistants?