A career as a nurse practitioner positions you to meet a growing need for advanced practitioners in the nursing field. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are currently 205,000 licensed nurse practitioners, compared with 106,000 in 2004, and the number is expected to keep on rising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that roles for advanced practice registered nurses will increase 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the 7 percent average growth expected across all occupations.1
Graduates of the M.S.N., A.G.N.P. program will be ready to practice in any adult primary care setting, including:
- Occupational Health
- Long-term care
- Palliative care
In addition to enjoying a wide variety of career opportunities, nurse practitioner roles are also typically high-paying position, offering a median annual salary of $101,989.2
Adult gerontology nurse practitioner jobs are expected to increase in the coming years due to trends in the health care industry that include:
- A shortage of primary care physicians that is resulting in advanced practice nurses being assigned additional patient care responsibilities.
- An increased demand for primary care nurses. In 2011, more than half of nurse practitioners were employed in delivering primary care.
- A growing demand for outpatient center staff to treat patients who are discharged quickly from hospitals, but still need additional care.
- An ongoing need for nurse practitioners in underserviced and rural areas that are served by few physicians.
- An increased need for specialized nursing knowledge. The number of M.S.N. graduates with a specialization in Adult Health Nursing has increased since 2010 by 57 percent.3
An online M.S.N., A.G.N.P. from Seton Hall University provides the immersive experiences and quality education you need to become highly qualified nurse practitioner and excel in your career. Learn more about your next step in this high-demand field by contacting an Online Admissions Counselor at (844) 823-1198 or requesting more information.
Seton Hall University is able to offer these online programs to select states in the U.S., but is still awaiting full approval from other states. Please consult the State Authorizations page to determine if you are located in a state in which Seton Hall University can confer an online degree or call us at (844) 823-1198 for any questions.
2 Information from The Clinical Advisor’s 2016 annual salary survey accessed at http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/2016-nurse-practitioner-and-physician-assistant-salary-survey/slideshow/3110/.