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 master’s 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.
The median annual wage for nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in 2015 was $157,140, while nurse practitioners (NPs) earned a median wage of $98,190—each more than 25% higher than the median wage of other health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
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