Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in Utah
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are autonomous licensed clinicians who manage their patient’s health, aiding ill and aging populations, and offer medical care, often without direct physician supervision. They are registered nurses with advanced training and education, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-master’s certificate, or a doctoral degree (DNP) and often specialize in different nursing fields, including family, pediatric, and women’s health.
Within ten years, we will feel the effects of a shortage of almost 122,000 physicians across America – including the state of Utah. Nurse practitioners regularly fill the gap in healthcare systems without adequate medical doctors. As our nation’s population ages, the demand for nurse practitioners will only increase.
Nurse practitioners fulfill an essential role in health care, especially in remote and underserved areas of Utah. They can often prescribe medication, treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and offer treatment plans.
Online nurse practitioner programs are a flexible and convenient way for nurses in Utah to advance their careers, earn higher salaries, and provide high-level care for specific patient populations.
Utah is renowned for the best skiing in the country, and the mountains near Salt Lake City host around 500 inches of snow per year. It’s an attractive place for prospective nurse practitioners to work and play. While just one online NP program based is currently available in Utah, the beauty of distance-learning is that students can look for accredited online NP programs outside of the state as well.
Online nurse practitioner programs allow NPs to successfully complete their continued education studies with flexible schedules and classes. Students can choose to complete their NP program totally online, or in a hybrid online/on-campus format. They can also choose to specialize in an area of care – anything from family care to women’s health is available at the MSN, post-grad cert, or DNP level. Students can also choose between part-time and full-time attendance, making it even more convenient for those who wish to continue working or have family obligations that must be met while they pursue their NP degree.
The NP curriculum typically consists of core courses, advanced-practice nursing courses in the specialty of choice, and hands-on clinical rotations.
A popular nurse practitioner specialty, the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) cares for patients of all ages, often acting in a primary care role. Prospective FNPs can enroll in the following online program in Utah.
BSN to DNP-FNP Programs
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