NOTE: Currently, only baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who are residents of Alabama and Mississippi are eligible for admission to NP concentrations. Please check this site in the future for changes in the residency requirement.
The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) offers the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with specialization in the Dual Nurse Practitioner (NP) Concentration in Mental Health and Primary Care for Rural Populations. This dual certification NP Concentration prepares students to sit for both the Psychiatric-Mental Health (Across the Lifespan) and Family Nurse Practitioner national board certification exams. Single role concentrations in these NP specialties are also offered. Students complete coursework online and attend two on-campus sessions (one day each) during their program of study. Students are expected to find individual sites and preceptors; however, CCN will assist students with this process to secure a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the healthcare agency.
Nurse Practitioners are health promotion and disease prevention experts who manage and diagnose common acute and chronic illnesses. Nurse Practitioners provide quality, safe, cost-effective care.* Nurse Practitioners teach and counsel individuals, families, and groups according to their practice specialty.*
Services provided by NPs include, assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing patients’ health care needs; “ordering, conducting, supervising, and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests”; and prescribing “pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies.”** Graduates are expected to practice according to state practice acts, and adhere to all regulatory requirements.*
*American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP, 2013). Position Statements and Papers
**American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP, 2013). Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners
Program of Study (POS):
The Master of Science in Nursing program specializing in NP concentrations can be completed in two years of full-time study.