Aquifer is a non-profit organization known and respected for developing trusted, award-winning virtual case-based courses for health professions education. Aquifer courses are evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated to support best practices in clinical teaching and learning. 

A growing number of nurse practitioner programs—and 96% of US allopathic medical schools—are putting Aquifer’s trusted, rigorous clinical learning tools to work for their students. Aquifer courses are also used in physician assistant, international, and osteopathic medical programs.

Delivering Consistency in Clinical Experiences

  • Build clinical decision-making skills

    Provide a safe space for students to practice realistic scenarios

  • Level the playing field

    Provide access to key conditions and patients.

  • Provide structured remediation

    Support students with supplemental learning

  • Support faculty with trusted tools

    Ready-to-use and flexible to fit your course

  • Enhance your curriculum

    Build electives or augment didactics with engaging cases

  • Elevate your course or program

    Incorporate a trusted tool used across interprofessional education

With Aquifer cases, faculty are assured that all students have a similar background with health issues covered. Since any given student may see a variety of patients during clinical rotations, the Aquifer cases offer a level of standardization. We also assign the free cases throughout the curriculum, including in pre-clinical courses. Students think the cases add high value to the program.

Joyce Cappiello PhD, FNP, FAANP; University of New Hampshire

Teaching & Learning Solutions

Our nurse practitioner subscribers are making the most of Aquifer’s:

  • wide range of discipline-specific courses and cases that allow full integration across your program.
  • free interdisciplinary courses on key topics—like High Value Care and Diagnostic Excellence—to use throughout your curriculum.
  • friendly, prompt, and helpful support for students and faculty.
  • helpful student study resources like expert answer explanations and printable case summaries.

Did you know? 93% of NP student users would recommend Aquifer to a fellow student

Educators Consortium

The Aquifer Educators Consortium is made up of 70+ healthcare educators across disciplines who write, edit, and update Aquifer’s course content, in addition to providing strategic academic leadership.

National Collaborators

Every course Aquifer delivers is created in close collaboration with a leading national medical education organization. We’re proud to partner with organizations like Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, American Geriatrics Society, Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, and Association of University Radiologists to ensure that our content meets national standards.

Aquifer serves faculty and students in a total of 384 subscribing programs across a range of health professions. In addition to nurse practitioner programs and 96% of US allopathic medical schools, Aquifer serves 70% of osteopathic medical schools and a growing number of physician assistant and international programs.

Our current nurse practitioner and nursing program subscribers include:

AdventHealth University Department of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program
Bloomsburg University Nurse Practitioner Program
Catholic University of America Nurse Practitioner Program
City University of New York Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Eastern Michigan University Nurse Practitioner Program
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Florida Gulf Coast University School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program
George Mason University School of Nursing MSN Nurse Practitioner Concentration
George Washington University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing
Indiana University School of Nursing Graduate Programs
Le Moyne College Department of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program
Loma Linda University School of Nursing Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Long Island University Brooklyn Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn Nurse Practitioner Program
MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Programs
Northern Kentucky University Department of Advanced Nursing Studies
Northwest Nazarene University Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Oak Point University Nurse Practitioner Program
Oakland University School of Nursing
Oregon Health Science University Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Radford University School of Nursing
Rivier University Nurse Practitioner Program
Rush University College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Programs
Saint Louis University School of Nursing
Seton Hall University Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Sonoma State University Family Nurse Practitioner Program
South University College of Nursing and Public Health Graduate Online Nursing Program
State University of New York Upstate Nurse Practitioner Programs
The College of St. Scholastica School of Nursing
The Ohio State University Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program
Touro University California Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
United States University College of Nursing
University of California Los Angeles MSN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Program
University of Maryland School of Nursing NP and DNP Program
University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing
University of Minnesota Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
University of New Hampshire Department of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Programs
University of St. Francis Leach College of Nursing
University of Texas Medical Branch Nurse Practitioner Program
University of Virginia Nurse Practitioner Program
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Programs

Each of our cases presents a virtual patient encounter—based clinical reasoning skills that are vital to providing quality patient care. Aquifer cases bring our expert healthcare educators—and a wealth of resources—to you and your students.

Each course includes cases in clinical locations applicable to a range of primary and acute care tracks, making it easy to integrate Aquifer across your entire program. Cases can be easily sorted by clinical location and patient age in the searchable Content Library to create a custom course that perfectly fits your needs.

A wealth of Educator Guides, resources, and tools are available to help you integrate our cases into your curriculum or course and make the most of your Aquifer institutional subscription.

Educator Guides provide a quick reference guide for all cases, resources, and features included with associated Aquifer course. The Educator Guide is ideal for educators who are getting started using Aquifer, or experienced users who want to be sure they are taking advantage of Aquifer’s extensive resources and tools.

Additional resources and teaching tools include Flipped Classroom Workshops (Radiology), Active Learning Modules and Case Analysis Tool (Pediatrics), Real World Application Activities (High Value Care), and Active Learning Classroom Strategies (Diagnostic Excellence).

Using Aquifer

Learn how our subscribers are using Aquifer courses to advance their students’ clinical learning at:

University of New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Program

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Why Aquifer?

Find out why Aquifer is the leading source of clinical learning tools—and explore our subscription options.

New: NP Task Force

Aquifer will be inviting Nurse Practitioners to join the new Nurse Practioner Task Force. This group will bring the voice, interests, and experiences of nurse practitioner educators to Aquifer, and work to develop educator tools and training materials to support physician assistant programs using Aquifer to achieve better student outcomes by integrating Aquifer into their curriculum.