School of Nursing Offering Nurse Practitioner Program
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
A new online track in MNU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is launching at MNU in January 2020. Designed to provide the education and credentials to become a nurse practitioner (NP), the curriculum focuses on caring for adults and the aging. Graduates of the program will earn a Master of Science in Nursing and achieve the designation of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) upon passing the AGPCNP Certification Exam. MNU is the first university in Kansas offering this specialty.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), NPs give primary, acute, and specialty healthcare services to diverse populations. With their advanced clinical training, NPs are authorized to diagnose illnesses, treat conditions, and provide evidence-based health education to their patients. An AGPCNP is an advance practice nurse with a clinical focus on treating people from adolescents through adult ages and into advanced age.
This specialty is a great mission fit for MNU as well as being in growing demand, according to the Department Chair for Post-Licensure and Graduate Nursing Education, Dr. Sarah Miller.
“AGPCNP is specialized in an area that will only grow as the population ages, particularly as baby boomers retire and their need for healthcare increases,” Miller says.
She also finds the MNU faculty well suited to preparing these kinds of professionals.
“We have outstanding faculty who are qualified experientially and academically,” she says. “They are compassionate and caring—truly wanting what’s best for our students, while still holding them to high expectations.”
Miller says the program should attract nurses who want to impact patient care in a bigger way by being able to diagnose patients, prescribe medication and treatments. They should be driven and organized as the program will be challenging but doable. Location is not a factor since the program is online except for three on-site intensives of two days each.
As far as credibility and reputation, the university holds many top-rated rankings for its nursing programs from pre-licensure BSN to graduate-level MSN. Additionally, programs are Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) accredited and Kansas State Board of Nursing approved. MNU-educated nurses are highly qualified and in demand, according to Miller.
“Our clinical partners ask for our students to be present in their sites because our students are exceptional,” she states. “I think it is a testament to the dedication of our faculty to educate and motivate students to be exceptional in their clinical experiences. Our prelicensure nursing students have great pass rates on the NCLEX and I believe that level of excellence will also be present for our future AGPCNP students on their certification exams.”
For more information about the MSN program for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, visit www.mnu.edu/ag-pcnp.