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Through the support of the development of instructional skills and scientific investigation in nurse practitioner education, NONPF serves the public interest by assuring the preparation of highly qualified health care professionals.


NONPF's formative years were focused on establishing curriculum guidelines for nurse practitioner education during 1976-1980. The first national meeting of nurse practitioner educators was held in 1974, and from 1976-1980 the National Task Force for Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum and Evaluation developed guidelines. Upon completion of the curriculum project, the task force members felt the need for continued dialogue on NP education issues and the first organizational meeting of NONPF was held on April 10, 1980, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NONPF has grown since to a strong organization representing over approximately 90% of all institutions in the US with NP Programs, as well as, faculty from programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the leader in quality nurse practitioner education.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the preeminent global leader in providing timely and critical resources for NP educators and advancing innovative models that support NP educational programs to meet the highest quality standards. We unite and lead NP educators in transforming healthcare.   

Organizational Goals

Quality: Promote excellence in NP education through creation of evidence-based strategies and resources.

Accountability: Prepare NP faculty through the implementation of evidence-based strategies to respond to the changing health care system.

Policy: Lead NP faculty to advance policy that influences NP education and practice.

Diversity: Champion a culture of diversity and inclusivity in NONPF and across NP education.

Scholarship: Advance NP faculty scholarship in teaching, research, practice, and service.

Engagement: Leverage the membership as a valuable resource to advance the mission and vision of NONPF.