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Q.: What is an MSN-FNP?

A.A NP (nurse practitioner) is a registered nurse with specialized advanced education and clinical competencies. NPs often work in ambulatory, acute care, or long-term care settings, providing primary and/or specialty nursing and medical care to individuals, families, and communities. NPs use scientific principles and national standards of care as a framework for providing patient care while working independently and collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage health concerns. Priorities of care include the following:

• Health promotion and disease prevention

• Management of disease

• Patient and family education

Mid America Learning partners with accredited programs offering the Family Nurse Practitioner program to meet the national need for healthcare providers.  Graduates will be eligible to sit for a national certification examination and seek recognition from the Board of Nursing in their state to work as an advanced practice nurse.

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration are qualified to work in diverse healthcare and academic environments. These advanced practice nurses provide healthcare for patients of all ages and have much flexibility in choosing a specialty.

Q.: Why should I consider a BSN-RN or MSN-FNP as a Chiropractor?

A.: If you are currently a Doctor of Chiropractic, your scope of patient care is limited by the AMA and insurance providers, but with a BSN-RN and MSN-FNP, you open yourself up to whole new opportunities that the current healthcare ceilings of DCs are restricted by.  You can provide prescriptions to your patients and continue to treat with the less invasive procedures you are accustomed to providing.  And the best part is, you can file with your patient's insurance.  You can diagnose and treat patients with less scrutiny and a wider range of treatments. You can continue with a holistic approach and practice chiropractic, but with the added benefit of expanding your scope of treatment and patient care.

Restrictions for the level of autonomy a FNP can provide patient care vary from state to state. Currently, 21 states allow FNPs to act autonomously. While others states allow for: 1) Reduced Practice ... requires a regulated collaborative agreement with an outside health discipline; 2) Restricted Practice ... state requires supervision, delegation, or team management by an outside health discipline. Even within a state, variations can occur within the reduce practice and restricted practice requirements. Check with your state Board of Nursing and/or with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) at

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