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Core Competencies for Nurse Practitioners

Since 1990, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has identified core competencies for all nurse practitioners (NPs). These represent the entry into practice competencies upon graduation from an NP educational program. In 2017, NONPF has released the most current, nationally validated set of core competencies for nurse practitioners. These competencies are for entry to practice for all nurse practitioners.

2017 Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies with Curriculum Content



Population-Focused Competencies for Nurse Practitioners

With the release in 2008 of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, NONPF has adopted the term "population focus" to describe the broad area of preparation for NPs. Previously, NP educators referred to this area of the population as a specialty. The recognized population foci are Adult-Gerontological, Family (Across Lifespan), Neonatal, Pediatrics, Women's Health-Gender Related, and Psychiatric-Mental Health. The links below are to the existing competencies for population foci that were developed in a national consensus process.

Population-Focused NP Competencies

In April 2013, a multi-organizational task force has completed and released the competencies for six NP population-foci: Family/Across the Lifespan, Neonatal, Acute Care Pediatric, Primary Care Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, and Women's Health/Gender Related.   NONPF is pleased to have facilitated this work 2011-2013.  These competencies, added to the already released Adult-Gerontology NP competencies, represent all of the population foci specified in the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

Adult-Gerontology NP Competencies

2016 Adult-Gerontological Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Previous Editions of Competencies

→ 2014 NP Core Competencies with Curriculum Content


→ Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas: Adult, Family, Gerontological, Pediatric, and Women's Health

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Competencies


→ 2012 Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies


→ 2010 Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies

Common Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Doctoral-Level Competencies (2017)

This document presents common competencies for doctoral prepared APRNs. These competencies are foundational to contemporary APRN practice across each of the four APRN roles and are not intended to replicate previously identified competencies for advanced practice, but rather to demonstrate the utility of a consistent framework that fosters both intraprofessional and interprofessional communication. The competencies are designed to be observable, realistic, and measurable. For each competency, two progression measures are presented.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Practitioner Competencies

In a project led by NONPF, the National Panel for NP Practice Doctorate Competencies identified the entry-level competencies for all nurse practitioners completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) / practice doctorate program. These competencies built on the core and population-focused competencies for NPs. As of 2011, these competencies are replaced by a single set of nurse practitioner core competencies (see above section for Core Competencies). Practice Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Entry Level Competencies (2006)

Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Care

Released in 2008 by the Emergency Nurses Association, these are specialty competencies for the NP who practices in emergency care, regardless of setting. NONPF has endorsed these competencies.

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