Master of Science Nursing Specialties
The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialty in pediatrics incorporates theory and clinical courses to prepare students to provide comprehensive care to children and their families. A special focus will be school health and the development of school-based health clinics for school-age children. Coursework includes nursing theory, moral/ethical issues, research, child assessment, management of childhood illnesses, and health policy.
The program is designed to meet students' individual goals and to provide experiences in their geographic area. Clinical experiences will be available in interprofessional settings such as primary care, home care, schools, specialty clinics, community agencies, neonatal settings and the legislature. Upon completion of the Master's program, students will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
This Master of Science in Nursing Degree includes theory and practicum experiences as well as a final capstone where the student has the opportunity to focus on a sub-specialty area, if desired. Graduates work in long term care settings, primary care ambulatory settings, hospitals, group practices of advanced practice gerontological nurses that manage care of adults and older adults in nursing homes, transitional care settings, assisted living, and specialty practices. Prison health and college health services could be an included specialty in this program. This specialty provides care to patients from late-adolescence to older adults. Students who complete the Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program are qualified to sit for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANP) and the Adult Nurse Practitioner and the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certification examinations for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
The aim of the Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (FPMHPCNP) curriculum is to prepare psychiatric nurse practitioners to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families. Extensive supervised clinical study focuses on various types of assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions. The curriculum focuses on developing skills that allow for flexibility in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of populations defined as high-risk consumers of psychiatric care. The required curriculum is intended to prepare students to apply for certification as nurse practitioners in psychiatric-mental health nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
PMHNPs coordinate multidisciplinary service and facilitate mental health care and education for individuals, families and institutions. They address the psychosocial needs of: Youth at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders; adults coping with stressful and emotional circumstances; elderly at risk for emotional and cognitive decline. The clinical settings include children and families; the medically ill client; adults with psychiatric disabilities; the gerontological client; and clients with substance abuse disorders. In addition to diagnostic assessment skills and application of evidence-based treatment interventions, students will learn the art of prescribing medications under the supervision of a licensed prescriber. Course work and clinical practice focus on the development of advanced practice nursing skills with these special populations.