Specializations and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks
Through Creighton’s Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) plans of study, you’ll learn to manage the care of individuals and families in specialized areas, including advanced health promotion, diagnostics, medication and therapeutic treatment.
To help you enhance your skills in specific practice areas, our DNP program offers these focused APRN tracks:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—manage the care of individuals in acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). View the course requirements of this track.
- Family Nurse Practitioner—manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). View the course requirements of this track.
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner—care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). View the course requirements of this track.
- Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (Dual)—manage the care of pediatric patients across the entire continuum of health from wellness to critical care. Graduates who complete the Pediatric Dual track program are eligible to take the primary and acute care national certification exams through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB). View the course requirements of this track.
- Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan—manage care throughout the lifespan of diverse populations and practice within a variety of acute and primary care settings. Graduates who complete Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). View the course requirements of this track.
For students who aim to make an impact in policy analysis, formulation, implementation or other areas in the health care delivery system, our Nurse Leader Track provides the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. This focus area includes:
- Clinical Systems Administration Track—work as an innovative and collaborative leader in corporations and consulting firms, improving the quality of health care. View the course requirements of this track.
State Regulatory Requirements
Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, we are unable to accept or enroll students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing a DNP: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**
** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply
This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.