Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar
to those of a medically-trained physician. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides providing excellent clinical care, NPs tailor their treatment using skills and expertise unique to the nursing profession, education, and practice, including health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling.  Nurse Practitioners have been successfully working with individuals to manage their health care needs since 1965.

What is an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ANP)?
An Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is an advanced practice nurse whose highly specialized academic and clinical training focuses on providing comprehensive clinical care to individuals across the entire adult lifespan, from adolescence through end of life. 

Why would I chose to become an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, instead of a Family Nurse Practitioner?
The education and training for ANPs allow them to gain expertise in providing comprehensive care to all individuals, except newborn and school-age children.  Because the health issues in adolescence, middle adulthood, and older age are often complex, the ANP's training is highly-focused on working with individuals in these age groups to most effectively manage and improve their health.  Someone who feels personally called to work with newborns and school-age children might consider training as a Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

What services do Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners provide?
From treating a wide-range of illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, ANPs provide a full range of services.  Among the many services that ANPs provide, they:

  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and imaging
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • Manage patients' overall care
  • Spend time educating and counseling patients
  • Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being

Where do Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners typically practice?

ANPs practice autonomously in rural, urban, and suburban communities. They practice in many types of settings, including community clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician practices, independent ANP-managed practices, women's health centers, nursing homes, schools, colleges, public health departments, and many other clinical settings.  ANPs are practicing in every health care setting except for pediatric-specific clinics and hospitals.

In addition to working as autonomous primary care providers, many ANPs are employed in specialized medical practices like cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, oncology, infectious disease, HIV/AIDS care, neurology, occupational health, sports medicine, and urology, to name just a few.

What is the outlook for future employment for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners?
While there are many contributing factors to the current health care crisis, one of the more critical projections highlights a growing shortage of primary health care providers as fewer medically-trained physicians enter primary care specialties like general internal medicine.  As the most-rapidly growing sector our population includes those age groups for which ANPs are especially trained (adolescence through geriatrics), the need for ANPs to contribute to the nation's health care solutions as primary care providers continues to grow.  In short, there could not be a better time to become an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

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