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Nurse Practitioner Specializations
Nurse practitioners are needed in a variety of settings. Some of the most common areas of interest lead to rewarding careers.
Nurse practitioners (NP) specialize in areas such as adult care, mental health, pediatric care, and emergency care. Clinical hours provide them with hands-on training to deepen their assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills in their area.
Family nurse practitioners (FNP) work as primary care nurses to children and adult patients, and are often the first to diagnose illnesses or refer patients with serious conditions to specialists.
Emergency nurse practitioners (ENP) work to assess, stabilize, and treat patients in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) treat children’s diseases and injuries and provide holistic care. There are two common subspecialties: Acute Care (PNP-AC) and Primary Care (PNP-PC).
Adult Gerontology NP
Adult Gerontology nurse practitioners (AGNP) work with patients from adolescence through adulthood. There are two common subspecialties: Acute Care (AGNP-AC) and Primary Care (AGNP-PC).
Acute Care NP
Acute Care nurse practitioners (ACNP) help patients with immediate, severe, and generally short-lived medical issues such as illnesses, injuries, or trauma.
Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) work with newborns with a variety of health problems, including prematurity, birth defects, or infections.
Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
Psychiatric-Mental Health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) examine, diagnose, and treat patients with mental illnesses. They also educate patients’ families on conditions to avoid any misunderstandings.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Programs
While a nurse practitioner is a type of APRN, an APRN can choose to specialize in one of the categories below. Opportunities for APRNs are expected to grow 45 percent from 2019 to 2029.*
Certified Nurse Midwife
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) receive extensive training in gynecology and newborn care, as well as general women's health issues.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) may focus on various areas of nursing, including treatment of certain age groups, specific illnesses, or common conditions such as stress and pain.
*SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Featured Online Nurse Practitioner Programs
Our partner schools offer accredited online nursing programs to help you advance your career while accommodating your schedule. Visit their sites to learn more about program specializations, course offerings, start dates, transfer of credits, availability of financial aid and more.
For RNs with an ADN interested in how to become a nurse practitioner. Common specializations are: family, adult-gerontology primary care and acute care, psychiatry, and women’s health.
For RNs with an ADN looking to pursue their DNP-NP. Popular careers include advanced practice nursing, clinical education, administration, and family practice.
RNs with a BSN interested in how to become a nurse practitioner may choose to specialize in psychiatry, acute care, family, adult gerontology, neonatology, pediatrics or women's health.
For RNs with a BSN interested in pursuing their DNP-NP. This path typically leads to careers in healthcare leadership or management. Programs offer specialized areas of study for students who wish to become nurse anesthetists, nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.
For RNs with a MSN looking to get their DNP-NP. Most programs offer administration or executive leadership concentration areas for nurses interested in pursuing leadership positions.
For RNs with an ADN wanting to explore accelerated MSN-NP programs, it is important to know that most schools require a non-nursing bachelor's degree as well.
For NPs with a MSN looking to earn an additional certificate in a specialty area such as adult gerontology, family, neonatology, pediatrics, psychiatry, or women’s health.
COVID-19 | Coronavirus Information
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