Areas of Specialization
Choose Your Path
Advancements in the health care field have opened up new and exciting career opportunities for nurses. Students in both the MSN and BSN to DNP programs can choose a specialization preparing them for one of these crucial nursing roles:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioners can play a vital role in our healthcare system as the need for primary patient care continues to increase. The University of St. Augustine for Health Science’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization will help prepare students for an advanced practice role where they can work with patients and families across the lifespan to promote preventative care, diagnose conditions, and treat acute and chronic illnesses.
Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the two governing boards that administer tests to examinees seeking to become certified as a family nurse practitioner.
More about the FNP role specialization here.
Nurse executives lead others in a health care setting. These positions may have titles such as manager, director, supervisor, or chief nursing officer and are responsible for leadership, management of human and other resources, and health care finance and economics. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification in Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurse informaticists oversee health care technology systems, workflows for communication, and use of patient data for health care quality and safety. A nurse informaticist’s responsibilities typically include information and knowledge management, system design, planning and evaluation, and project management. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification in Nursing Informatics (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurse Educator (Available only for the MSN program)
Nurse educators teach student nurses, practicing nurses and other health care providers, and clients. This teaching may occur in either academic or practice settings. Their duties often include curriculum development, instructional design, teaching, and evaluation of learning. Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Projecting the Supply and Demand for Primary Care Practitioners Through 2020. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/health-workforce-analysis/primary-care-2020