Wilkes University

Purpose and Outcomes

Nurse Practitioner Program Purpose

The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner program in the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University is to prepare Nurse Practitioners for providing direct patient care of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment. Nurse Practitioners increase access to safe, quality healthcare. As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners receive specialized knowledge and skills required to meet the healthcare needs of specific populations. Upon completion of the program, Nurse Practitioners meet the requirements for education, accreditation, certification, and licensure preparing them for clinical practice with their chosen population.


The Nurse Practitioner will:

  • Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge in providing comprehensive, evidence-based care.
  • Perform comprehensive health history and physical examination to diagnose health conditions involving critical analysis, differential diagnosis, and data interpretation.
  • Assume leadership roles in collaboration with other health professionals to achieve optimum patient health.
  • Integrate health care policy as it impacts the decision-making ability to provide quality patient care.
  • Negotiate healthcare delivery systems to promote quality health outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizational systems.
  • Coordinate care for patients with complex conditions through referrals and collaboration.
  • Participate in life-long learning through higher education, continuing education, certification and evaluation.