Post-Bachelor's Program Overview
The post-bachelor's student can choose from one of three specialties:
- adult-gerontology nurse practitioner
- family nurse practitioner
- nurse anesthesia
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track can be completed either as a part-time or full-time program, requiring a three- or four-year commitment, respectively. You’ll develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care across the lifespan of adults. After completing this track, you’ll be eligible to take a national certification exam for adult nurse practitioners.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The family nurse practitioner track also can be pursued either part time or full time and prepares you to diagnose and manage most common illnesses for patients of all ages and to assume the responsibility inherent in prescribing medications. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to take a national exam for family nurse practitioner certification.
The nurse anesthesia track is only offered as a full-time program and is completed in three years. You’ll be trained in a range of areas, such as advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. The clinical component is featured more prominently as the program progresses, beginning with part-time hours and gradually ending with full-time hours plus a call rotation.
Post-Master's Program Overview
For individuals with master’s degrees, we also offer the opportunity to earn a post-master’s DNP online in the following tracks:
- Care of Populations
- Nursing Leadership
Learn more about our Quinnipiac University Online tracks, including admissions information:
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
- Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
- Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
- Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
- Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
- Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.