A. A Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables him or her to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, either independently or as part of the health care team. A Nurse Practitioner provides some care previously offered only be physicians and in most states have the ability to prescribe medications. The Health Center primarily employs nationally certified Nurse Practitioners who share extensive clinical experience and working in a college health setting. For more information on Nurse Practitioners, click here. (You will leave this website.