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The National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education

Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 5th Edition (2016)

The Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs offers an important resource for those involved in the educational preparation, credentialing, and licensing of nurse practitioners (NPs). The evaluation criteria, combined with accreditation standards for graduate programs in advanced practice nursing, provide a basis for evaluating all NP programs.

Printed copies of the document are available to purchase through the NONPF Store. For more information and previous additions of the NTF see here.


Core Competencies

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

This document presents common competencies for doctoral prepared APRNs. These competencies are foundational to APRN practice across each of the four APRN roles and 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.

Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies with Curriculum Content (2017)

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. These competencies are for entry to practice for all nurse practitioners. The 2017 updated competencies document also include curriculum content.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care NP Competencies (2016)

This document presents the updated adult-gerontology acute care and primary care NP competencies within the same framework as the other population-foci NP competencies document. These competencies explicate the unique characteristics and role of the adult-gerontology population focus on acute care and primary care and are designed to augment the NP core competencies.

Population-Focused Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2013)  

In April 2013, a multi-organizational task force 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.   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.

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