Family Nurse Practitioner:The focus of the family nurse practitioner option is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will manage the primary health care of families across the lifespan. Elements of the practitioner role will be blended with the unique features of rurality, rural nursing, and rural health care systems. Socialization to the advanced practice role will emphasize the development of a strong nursing identity and will also prepare the student for interdisciplinary collaboration.
A Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate option is also available. See the College of Nursing website for further information. Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health:This focus area prepares graduates to practice as clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in care of the adult with complex acute and chronic health problems. Graduates are eligible for ANCC certification as clinical specialists in medical surgical nursing. Clinical Nurse Specialist-Community/Public Health:This focus area prepares graduates to practice as clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in community/ public health nursing. Graduates are eligible for ANCC certification as clinical nurse specialists in community health nursing.