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Nurse Practitioner


The nurse practitioner MSN and DNP programs are designed to prepare nurses who have the leadership skills and clinical expertise necessary to deliver primary and acute care and improve health outcomes in community settings.

The programs prepare nurses to function interdependently with other health care providers to provide primary care. They assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families, analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery.

Nurse practitioners provide health promotion therapeutics, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation.

Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the nurse practitioner's role. Graduates of the program will be eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in their population focus area.

This hybrid program combines online learning, clinical simulations, and face-to-face classroom activities with community-based clinical practice experiences.

Students may select from three areas of specialization in either the MSN or DNP Nurse Practitioner Program:

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

In this concentration, you will focus on providing care to those ages 13 and up., with a focus on providing care for frail, vulnerable adults. Nurse practitioners are in a direct-care provider role, and use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings.

Family Nurse Practitioner

In this concentration, you will focus on providing care from newborns to senior citizens. Nurse practitioners are in a direct-care provider role, and use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration was created to address the behavioral needs of patients, as well as the shortage of qualified professionals throughout the country to assess and treat those with mental health needs. This concentration prepares nurses with knowledge and skills in areas of mental health promotion, mental illness, and substance use disorder prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and patient education in the care of individuals across the lifespan.

All Nurse Practitioner program graduates qualify to take national clinical specialty certification exams.  The first-time pass rate on American Association of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) clinical certification exams for 2019 FNP program graduates was 91 percent and for 2019 AGNP program graduates was 100 percent. 

Students pursuing an MSN at MSU may also progress directly into their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).