by Pamela Young, Published February 25, 2014
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s School of Nursing will soon offer a new option within its master’s degree in nursing program to meet the growing need for advanced nursing professionals in the health care field.
The new clinical track is a two-year program that specifically prepares primary care, adult -gerontology nurse practitioners.
“In today’s health care environment, nurse practitioners are in high demand,” said Laurie Blondy, associate director of graduate programs and faculty development at Eastern Michigan. “This program was developed in direct response to requests from our students and nurses in the community.”
The program is geared towards experienced nurses who work and want to advance their career. The first ten students will begin in Fall 2014. Classes typically will meet one night a week at the EMU-Livonia campus, 38777 Six Mile Rd, west of the I-275 freeway.
Blondy says the Livonia campus is ideal for students who work in the many health care facilities in the surrounding areas. The location is convenient, and the class schedule is designed to accommodate nurses who are employed.
“Certified nurse practitioners practice in areas as diverse as family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, geriatrics and women’s health care,” said Sherry Bumpus, associate director of program innovations for the EMU School of Nursing. “Advanced training will allow them to care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses in the primary care setting; perform health assessments; prescribe medication, and provide routine care like physicals.
According to Blondy, “The job opportunities are numerous, Nurse practitioners work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, community health, urgent care and nursing homes. Depending on where you work, a nurse practitioner can earn from $80,000 to $130,000 annually.”
The School of Nursing will accept applications until March 15 for the fall 2014 start. A second cohort begins in Winter 2015. Further information is available at http://www.emich.edu/chhs/nursing/