Nurse Practitioner Tracks
The major emphases of the nurse practitioner tracks are to develop graduates with:
- A base for continued inquiry and contributions to the art and science of nursing and the
knowledge and skills to exert a leadership role in the formulation of healthcare policy,
- Expertise in the provision of health care, and
- Leadership ability in today’s healthcare environment.
Students complete courses in theory of advanced
nursing practice where they develop skills in making independent clinical judgments as
well as participate in experiences involving peer review, client advocacy, the development
of collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships and role negotiation. Clinical instruction
is carried out by nurse practitioners and/or physicians who model collaborative practice
behaviors. This model of instruction allows the student to see the complementary roles of
the advanced practice nurse and the physician and demonstrates the unique contributions
of nursing to the care of clients.
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Primary or Acute Care The A.G.N.P. program prepares nurses to provide a range of healthcare services that promote
wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of adults across the lifespan.
The scope of practice of either the primary care or acute care N.P. is not setting specific,
but is based on patient care needs. The particular expertise of the primary care A.G.N.P.
emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion and the management of patients with
acute and chronic multi-system health problems. The patient population of the acute care
A.G.N.P. includes care of patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability
and/or injury. The number of credits and clinical hours are determined by requirements for
board certification in adult-gerontology. Graduates of the A.G.N.P. M.S.N. track complete
a minimum of 600 supervised clinical practice hours and are eligible to sit for national
certification in Primary Care or Acute Care through either the American Nurses Credentialing
Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.