The UTEP School of Nursing prepares advanced practice registered nurses in the role of the nurse practitioner for either primary or secondary (acute) care. Applicants may choose a concentration as a:
Family with Primary Care Focus (Family Nurse Practitioner or FNP)
- The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) assumes responsibility for promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals and families across the life span. FNPs also identify health risks, promote wellness, and diagnose and manage acute and chronic illness.
- Graduates are eligible to site for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Pediatrics with Primary Care Focus (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or PNP-PC)
- The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is the primary care provider of health care to children and adolescents. PNPs conduct health promotion and child development, perform developmental and health assessment, and manage well, acutely ill, and chronically ill children and adolescents in ambulatory and sub-specialty settings.
- Graduates are eligible to sit for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PCNB).
Adult/Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner with Acute Care Focus (Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or AGACNP)
- The Adult-Gerontologic Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) is the principal provider of care for adults with episodic and chronic health problems across the continuum of acute care services. The ACNP is prepared to assume responsibility for promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to adults who are acutely and critically ill.
- Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
- Flexibility for working professionals
- online didactic instruction
- part-time schedule during first 3-4 semesters
- Standardized patient testing provides real-life simulation
- Experts as faculty and preceptors
- Curriculum aligned with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education
- There is a Nurse Practitioner major fee to cover the educational delivery costs specific to this major.
- During specialty courses, usually the last three semesters, NP students
- May be asked to come to campus a maximum of three times per semester
- Will be asked to participate in formative evaluations using standardized patient scenarios
- May be required to travel 200 miles or more to fulfill appropriate clinical requirements. Students in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) concentration are required to travel to Houston or another location for two weeks to precept at approved ACNP clinical sites.