Master of Science: Nurse Practitioner (NP)

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced academic and clinical education who provides quality, cost-effective health care to patients. NPs provide primary care with a focus on primary prevention, health maintenance, anticipatory guidance, patient education, and counseling in addition to diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of specialties. NPs collaborate with physicians to provide a unique coalescence of nursing and medical patient care along with providing a holistic focus on their patients.

Nurse Practitioner Curriclum

The advanced expertise of the Nurse Practitioner includes:

  • Diagnosing acute and chronic illness
  • Creating treatment plans
  • Prescribing medications and treatments including laboratory & diagnostic tests
  • Interpreting diagnostic lab tests & x-rays
  • Directing patient care and follow-up
  • Patient education
  • Specialty referral

Who should consider a career as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner? Nurses who:

  • are experts in their RN practice
  • desire to expand and develop advanced practice skills
  • care about quality health care delivery
  • want professional role enhancement

How does the Nurse Practitioner provide effective primary care? The NP is competent in:

  • Management of patient health and illness
  • Health provider-patient relationships
  • Effective patient education and counseling
  • A professional APN role as a leader, clinician, educator and provider of evidence-based care
  • Managing, negotiating and ensuring quality health care delivery
  • Providing culturally sensitive care
Application Period
MS Program, Fall 2015
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015

NOTE: There are exceptions to these dates for RNs with a bachelors in another field and for the North Country program. Please see specific application periods for those programs on their respective pages.

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)