Specialties / Curriculum

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The patient population of the adult-gerontology acute care NP practice includes the entire spectrum of adults including adolescents, adults and older adults.  The adult–gerontology ACNP provides care to patients who are characterized as “physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or are highly vulnerable to complications” (AACN Scope and Standards, 2006, p 9).  These patients may be encountered across the continuum of care settings and require frequent monitoring and intervention.  The role encompasses a spectrum of care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management to “stabilize the patient’s condition, prevent complications, restore maximum health and/or provide palliative care” (AACN p. 10).  Acute care nurse practitioners work in the intensive care unit (ICU), Progressive care unit (PCU) other hospital units and specialty provider’s offices.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The PMHNP focuses on individuals across the lifespan (infancy through old age), families, and populations across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems.  The PHMNP provides primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings.  Primary mental health care provided by the PMHNP involves relationship-based, continuous and comprehensive services, necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance.  This includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of mental health and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.