APRN Education Model

APRN Clinicians for health

NP / APRN Certification Educational Requirements Explained

The APRN Education Model was developed by a large consortium of nurse educators and concerned parties from across the country and emphasizes a broader foundational base while still focusing on specific disciplines for select populations. All APRNs will need physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment skills, and advanced pharmacology as a common foundation, but the APRN will then practice in one of four identified roles:

  1. certified nurse practitioner
  2. clinical nurse specialist
  3. certified nurse-midwife
  4. certified registered nurse anesthetist

These roles will be applied to at least one of six populations:

  1. Family (or individual) across their life span
  2. Adult-Gerontology (excluding pediatrics)
  3. Pediatric care
  4. Neonatal care
  5. Woman’s health
  6. Mental health

They will receive extensive educational exposure to their focus population(s) through didactic classroom leaning and in-the-field clinical rotations with specific minimum hourly requirements and detailed mentor evaluations.

NP / APRN certification

The outcome will be to prepare the APRN to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion as well as the detailed assessment of a patient in a clinical setting, proposing an accurate diagnosis and management plan, and well as the on-going oversight of the effective implementation of the management plan.

NP / APRN certification

The above diagram shows the common foundation in core coursework that all APRNs will be required to receive, and as their education progresses, the specialization further focuses on their role, population, and then, specific specialty.

This model also allows for adjustments as the needs of the populations change with time. New specialties may be needed, but the model calls for a national approach to change that is vetted by data supporting a wide-spread need that does not ‘fit’ into an established APRN specialty that already exists.