Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Marianne Davies


The primary care workforce is at a critical juncture where fewer physicians are choosing primary care careers and more patients are availing themselves of outpatient care, through increased insurance coverage among other forces. With the increasing number of graduating nurse practitioners, now is a crucial time to validate an educational model to ensure these clinicians are providing quality care in the primary care setting. This paper explores the current educational model of nurse practitioners and the increasing complexity of care of medically underserved patients. This project illustrated a need for post-graduate training in this setting for nurse practitioners and validated the design and curriculum of a training model.

Open Access

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