APRN Education Programs

Nurse Practitioners

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness, and administer physical exams. NPs focus on prevention, wellness, and education. NPs specialize in providing all-encompassing individualized care. Most NPs specialize in particular areas of health care. NPs proved the following services:

  • Obtain medical histories and perform physical examinations
  • Provide immunizations and other preventative child care
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Identify, treat, and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests such as x-rays, blood work, and EKG's
  • Prescribe medications
  • Prescribe physical therapy, massage therapy, and other rehabilitation therapy
  • Provide education to allow patients to make decisions about their own health
  • Perform procedures such as suturing, casting, cryotherapy, and skin biopsy
  • Refer to other health care providers

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are licensed registered nurses who have graduate preparation (Master’s or Doctorate) in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Clinical Nurse Specialists are expert clinicians in a specialized are of nursing practice. The specialty may be identified in terms of:

  • A Population (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health)
  • A Setting (e.g., critical care, emergency room)
  • A Disease or Medical Subspecialty (e.g., diabetes, oncology)
  • A Type of Care (e.g., psychiatric, rehabilitation)
  • A Type of Problem (e.g., pain, wounds, stress)

In addition to providing direct patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists influence care outcomes by providing expert consultation for nursing staffs and by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems.

Clinical Nurse Specialist practice integrates nursing practice, which focuses on assisting patients in the prevention or resolution of illness, with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a licensed Professional Nurse who provides the same anesthesia services an anesthesiologist (M.D.).  After completing extensive education and training, CRNAs become nationally certified; they may then practice in all 50 states. Working closely with other healthcare professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and anesthesiologists, a CRNA takes care of patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby by:

  • Performing a physical assessment
  • Participating in preoperative teaching
  • Preparing for anesthetic management
  • Administering anesthesia to keep the patient pain free
  • Maintaining anesthesia intraoperatively
  • Overseeing recovery from anesthesia
  • Following the patient’s postoperative course from recovery room to patient care unit

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

A certified nurse-midwife is a health care provider who has been trained in both nursing and midwifery and is certified by a national organization called the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). To be certified, a CNM must be formally educated in midwifery at an accredited program affiliated with an institution of higher learning, demonstrate clinical competence, and pass a rigorous national certifying exam. CNMs are licensed to practice in all 50 states and the District of Colombia.