Nurse Practitioners
A solution to the primary care shortage...
As a nurse practitioner you'll garner the respect and salary you've worked hard to earn, all while providing solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing the American health care system. Explore…
Patient Population Focus
The people you work with...
Part of what makes being an NP so special is the ability to choose the type of patients you wish to specialize in working with.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Changing healthcare from within...

Clinical nurse specialists have a unique opportunity to influence policy and set in motion the wheels of change from within the clinical practice environment. Explore the CNS role and how you could become a change agent within the healthcare system.
Certified Nurse Midwifery
A new way to approach a time honored tradition...

Even as the greatest technological advancements in medical science become widely available, women are turning to trusted certified nurse midwives more than every before in medical history. See how the oldest advance practice registered nursing role is really at the cutting edge of obstetric care and birthing.
CRNAs
In demand and well compensated...

Certified registered nurse anesthetists are consistently among the most highly sought after and best-paid advanced practice registered nurses. Find out more about what makes this APRN role so unique, and what it takes to become a CRNA.
Forensic Nursing
Advanced practice nurses fighting crime...

If you’re an APRN driven by a sense of justice, becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or other forensic nursing expert will allow you to use your medical experience in a specialty focus that supports law enforcement, advocates for victims, and brings criminals to justice.
Legal Nurse Consultant
Medical expertise and legal prowess...

For many APRNs, a time comes when they are given an opportunity to use their medical expertise in legal consultation. With or without being familiar with the nuances of medical law and malpractice, the experience and expertise required of advanced practice nursing is highly valuable and qualifies APRNs to act as legal nurse consultants.
Nursing Research
Committed to advancing medicine...

Research nurses are credited with some of the most significant advancements to medical technology and pharmacology known to modern medicine. As the business of medical technology and pharmacological development continues to grow, these industries are having a hard time finding enough qualified research nurses to conduct clinical trials.
APRN Degrees
MSN or DNP...

The Master of Science in Nursing has long since been the standard for advanced practice registered nurses. All state Boards of Nursing and national certifying bodies continue to view the MSN as the educational standard for APRN recognition, but the DNP is also worth considering.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

As the American healthcare system works to accommodate the biggest demand it has ever faced, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are increasingly being recognized as vital to ensuring the public has access to both primary and specialized services. The US Department of Labor expects the number of jobs available to nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives and nurse anesthetists to increase by 31% during the current ten-year period leading up to 2024, driven largely by the fact that advanced practice nurses are more often serving as primary care providers, particularly in medically underserved parts of the country.

That fact that APRNs serve in roles identified by patient population, setting, and type of care puts them in the unique position to provide primary and preventative care services while also making advanced, highly-specialized medical care more accessible, and more affordable.

There are currently more than a quarter million APRNs practicing in the US, and thousands more entering practice each year. This contingent of highly skilled nurses represents a powerful force for change in the way healthcare is delivered.


A lack of access to primary care directly correlates to unnecessary emergency room visits, placing an unwarranted burden on emergency medical staff and representing an unnecessary expense to insurance providers and patients alike. A recent study conducted by the American Medical Association revealed that 70% of patients believed they would be unable to see their primary care provider the same day as needed. The study went on to reveal that as many as 40% of emergency room admissions were for issues classified as non-urgent.

By increasing access to affordable preventative care, advanced practice nurses directly contribute to eliminating gross inefficiencies in the way healthcare is administered.

From research laboratories, to the halls of higher education, from the boardroom to the courtroom, nurses with advanced degrees who serve in roles outside of the clinical environment are also vital to the efficiency and efficacy of healthcare delivery.

They serve in leadership roles in healthcare facility administration; in technically focused roles as informaticists, researchers, and legal consultants; and they are the professors whose tireless efforts ensure that students who transition from the classroom to the clinic are well prepared for the challenges that await them.

Whether in the clinical environment or outside of it, experienced nurses with advanced degrees are key to improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.