Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties

Advanced practice nursing is one of the most in-demand professions: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field to grow 31 percent by 2024. In some regions, advanced practice nurses help address a shortage of primary care physicians by providing care to patients, from evaluations to ongoing management and preventive services.

Our DNP students select from six advanced practice specialties that prepare them for certification as NPs or CRNAs. Each specialty features focused courses and clinical placements, helping students discover their professional passions, choose their ideal career path, and excel in their practice.


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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Completing patient histories, diagnostic testing, prescribing therapies and medications, wellness education—these roles all fall under the purview of adult health NPs. Focusing on adults, they provide primary care in community clinics, hospitals, private practices, and other settings.

Age range: 12 to geriatric

Family Health

Family NPs improve the health of both individuals and families, providing acute and ongoing primary care throughout a patient’s entire lifecycle. They address the epidemiological and environmental factors leading to health challenges.

Age range: Lifespan

Pediatric Primary Care

Working in a range of well-child settings and specialty placements, pediatric NPs care for children of all backgrounds and ages, starting from infancy. They promote overall health, treating common issues and performing checkups.

Age range: Birth to 21

Nurse Anesthesia

CRNAs are at the heart of important moments in medicine: They administer anesthesia and care for patients in operating rooms, delivery units, intensive care, and outpatient centers, among other settings.

Age range: Lifespan

Women's Health

Our women’s health students graduate prepared to provide comprehensive care to women—and sexual health care to men—with a particular emphasis on reproductive, gynecologic, and well-women health.

Age range: Lifespan

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Attending to emotional, cognitive, and social functioning, psychiatric/mental health NPs are vital to evaluating and treating patients. They conduct psychotherapy, perform assessments, prescribe medications, and act as case managers.

Age range: Lifespan