The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported that overall job opportunities for nurse practitioners were expected to be 'excellent' in the ten-year period from 2006 to 2016, with an anticipated employment increase of 23%.
Patients are increasingly aware of the benefits of choosing a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider. Their unique approach combines comprehensive, personalized care with health education and counseling. Studies have shown that patients who see NPs as their primary care provider often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs. ** These benefits ensure a solid role for nurse practitioners in the healthcare system as reform progresses.
The successful graduate of the FNP track of the MSN program are prepared to sit for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) national certifying exams.
Potential professional opportunities
- Family Nurse Practitioner – Private Practice
- Nurse practitioner in a Specialty practice
- Acute Care (Hospital) Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational health Nurse Practitioner
- Underserved areas
- Rural health clinic
- Urban health clinic
- Life coach / Wellness / Health Promotion
* Source: US Department of Health and Human Services
** Source American Academy of Nurse Practitioners