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Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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The nurse practitioner concentration educates baccalaureate-prepared nurses to become advanced practice nurses who provide primary care across the lifespan. The concentration offers two specialty options with specific clinical content: pediatric and adult-gerontological.

You are admitted directly to a specialty area. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam in their chosen specialty. Graduates of the adult-gerontological option can choose to take certification exams in both the adult and gerontological specialty, or in just one of those areas.

More than 600 hours of advanced clinical practice experience are completed during these advanced practice courses. Option coordinators work together with you to secure preceptors prior to clinical course work. The option coordinator approves all clinical placements for students in that option. Faculty supervise clinical placements by making visits to each site and arranging conferences with students and preceptors.

The nursing faculty are committed to providing healthcare to underserved populations, including individuals and families in rural areas. Students who wish to pursue clinical experiences in these areas are supported in their efforts.

Specialty areas

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Certification

Upon completion of the nurse practitioner concentration, graduates are eligible to take the nurse practitioner certification examination in their specialty area.

All national credentialing/certification centers require a master’s degree in nursing to sit for the certification exams. These include The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

Students in the nurse practitioner concentration earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree. If you are interested in completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, you may work with your advisor to move directly into St. Kate's post-master's DNP program after completing your master's.