This program offers four concentrations:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner is a provider of direct health care services. Within this role, the AGNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states. The population in adult primary care practice includes adolescents and young, middle, and older adults. The particular expertise of the adult primary care nurse practitioner emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion, and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. Delivering patient care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and making health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures is an important role component. Most adult nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, which include general and specialty practices. The AGNP provides consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation. Upon entry into practice, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner demonstrates competence in the categories of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and diagnostics. Graduates will sit for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Family nurse practitioners are primary health care providers. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), they provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families, and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the life span. The FNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge in the management of acute and chronic diseases and the treatment of minor injuries.
Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, the ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, the prescription of pharmacologic agents and treatments, and nonpharmacologic therapies. Teaching and counseling individuals, families, and groups are major parts of a nurse practitioner’s activities. Family nurse practitioners work autonomously, as well as in collaboration with a variety of individuals, to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) [formerly family]
The psychiatric mental health practitioner’s role is unique and on the cutting edge of mental health care. In Michigan, changes in the Michigan Mental Health Code have paved the way for new opportunities for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. The code specifically defines new responsibilities for advanced practice nurses employed in community mental health service programs. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge and are capable of medical, pharmacological, and psychotherapeutic intervention in acute, crisis, and chronic persistent situations, as well as being skilled in disease prevention and health maintenance planning. Credentialed to practice independently, they value and seek ongoing consultative relationships with the psychiatrist and other mental health team members. Full utilization of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners has the potential of extending mental health services in a cost-effective manner. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner is designed to educate nurses who want to manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations of acutely ill patients with complex and often chronic illnesses across the adult life span. With the passage of the national health care reform, the demand for qualified nurse practitioner graduates has dramatically increased. The ACNP will provide coordination and continuity of care for acute and chronic illness and guide transition back to the community and primary care providers. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.