Nurse Practitioner Specialties

The nurse practitioner (NP) is prepared to practice in an expanded role to provide health care to individuals, families, and/or groups in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, homes, hospitals, institutions, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics, and private practice. The NP acts independently and in collaboration with other health care professionals to deliver health care services. They conduct comprehensive health assessments aimed at health promotion and disease prevention. NPs also diagnose and manage common acute illnesses, with referral as appropriate, and manage stable chronic conditions in a variety of settings.

NPs are uniquely qualified to resolve unmet needs in primary health care by serving as an individual's point of first contact with the health care system. This contact provides a personalized, patient-centered, comprehensive continuum of care and integrates all other aspects of health care over a period of time.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty is available for students in the

  • B.S.N.-D.N.P. Program
  • D.N.P. Completion Program

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty is available for students in the

  • B.S.N.-D.N.P. Program
  • D.N.P. Completion Program (beginning Fall 2013)