The Idaho State Board of Nursing has approved Boise State Universitys plans to start a new online masters degree program for adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, the university announced Wednesday.
The program, already approved by Boise States Board of Trustees and the State Board of Education, will begin in January 2014. It will include a masters degree in adult-gerontology nursing and two new graduate certificates: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in acute care and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care.
According to a Boise State news release, the program will help meet an increasing need for primary and acute care practitioners in Idaho.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who treat illness and disease with a prevention focus. They are registered nurses who have acquired the formal education, extended knowledge base and clinical skills to act as direct health care providers. Nurse practitioners perform comprehensive health assessments, diagnose health problems/illnesses, and order blood tests, X-rays and other tests to evaluate a patients health status. They also prescribe medications and other treatments in the management of acute and chronic illnesses.