Program Goals

The goals and curriculum are organized around the national Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) core competencies for nurse practitioners and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials.


  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings (Essential I)
  2. Demonstrate Leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective. (Essential II)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality. (Essential III)
  4. Apply research to outcomes within the practice setting. (Essential IV)
  5. Use patient-care and communication technologies to deliver enhance, integrate, and coordinate care. (Essential V)
  6. Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care. (Essential VI)
  7. Communicate, collaborate and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care. (Essential VII)
  8. Apply and Integrate broad, organizational, client centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates. (Essential VIII)
  9. Demonstrate understanding of nursing and relevant sciences and integrate this knowledge into practice (Essential IX)