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Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist 

 The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) has two program entry points, postbaccalaureate or post master. The postbaccalaureate program offers Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializations in the areas of Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, and Psychiatric/Mental Health as well as the DNP advanced curriculum. The post master program provides the students who are already nationally certified in a specialization, opportunities to advance their knowledge in multiple areas including healthcare systems, policy/politics, and evidence-based practice.

Admission into the DNP programs requires all students to declare an individual/family focus in one of these specialization areas. Course curriculum requirements is determined by chosen specialization.

Additional DNP Information » DNP - Postbaccalaureate  » DNP - Post Master

 

Learn more about specialization areas

These short videos demonstrate a typical day for advanced practice nurses and students in each specialization.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
An AGACNP acts as an expert practitioner, educator, consultant and role model in various hospitals and specialty clinics. Their typical workday requires them to evaluate medication with patients as well as assess and educate patients on improving health and lifestyle.

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)
An AGCNS provides direct care to patients and families by educating patients on prevention and resolution of illness. They serve as role models and expert consultants to nursing staff and are responsible for influencing systems of care to make sure the standards applied are evidenced-based.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
A FNP has a unique role of managing a range of health problems and care across a patient lifespan. They provide skillful physical examinations, diagnosis, treatment, education, counseling and healthy lifestyle promotion. These practitioners work in a range of health care settings, which include areas in primary care, specialty clinics, emergency and correctional departments, educational institutions, long term care, health and wellness and rural health facilities.

Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
A PMHNP provides assessment, management, diagnosis and treatment to patients with psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. These practitioners can be found working in mental health centers, psychiatric offices, hospitals and long term care.