Nurse practitioner degrees are designed to enable qualified nurses to take more responsible positions in primary health care. Very often these programs are at masters (MSN) level, and blend nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, so as to enable graduates to practice in any health care organization or educational setting.
This page has general advice on programs you can study, links to schools where they can be taken, details of future prospects, and more.
What do the programs include?
The role of nurse practitioners is very diverse, and they perform many medical functions including, but not limited to, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, therapeutics, counseling, and referral in a variety of settings. Graduates can be prepared to practice in a variety of primary health care settings and become a vital force in making quality healthcare available to all people. Programs vary according to the specialism selected, e.g., Midwifery, Adult Gerontology, or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), but all should include the thinking, communication, professionalism and holism that supports the integration of nursing theory with professional nursing practice.
To receive national FNP certification and receive state licensure as an advanced practice nurse, you need to take an MSN program with an FNP curriculum. The focus of the FNP program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. As an FNP, graduates of this program of study may be qualified to be the healthcare provider for families and individuals of all ages.
List of nurse practitioner schools and programs