ERIC Number: ED419468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Training Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. How Important Is State Financing?
Henderson, Tim M.; Fox-Grage, Wendy
This report identifies issues in state financing of programs to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants and presents findings of a national survey of 51 such training programs. An introductory chapter gives the main arguments for increased use of nonphysician providers of primary health care; this is followed by a chapter on barriers to the development of such training programs, including costly tuition and faculty shortages. The third chapter details the way one state, Virginia, has addressed the issue of training nurse practitioners. Chapter 4 discusses issues for nurse practitioner education, including program expansion and budgetary pressures, and offers a comprehensive definition of the nurse practitioner role. In chapter 5 issues for physician assistant education are examined, including managing program expansion, graduate employment, and program budgetary pressures. A definition of the physician assistant role is included. The sixth chapter briefly describes the national survey in the context of state support for training programs. The survey's results are detailed in the seventh chapter. A concluding chapter notes that state financial support is important to the vast majority of training programs that receive it and that nurse practitioner programs are better supported than physician assistant programs. Appendices include the survey form and a listing of program respondents by state. (DB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Higher Education, National Surveys, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Program Costs, State Aid
National Conference of State Legislatures, 444 North Capitol St., N.W., Suite 515, Washington, DC. 20001 ($20).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia