Nurse Practitioner

Southern Methodist University

Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and SciencesCox School of BusinessLyle School of EngineeringMeadows School of the ArtsSimmons School of Education and Human DevelopmentDedman School of LawPerkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with entrepreneurial drive – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Department:

The mission of the SMU Health Service is to provide quality, caring, cost effective and convenient ambulatory healthcare and health education services in association with other university departments that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance academic productivity leading to satisfying and rewarding college experiences.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

Under general physician supervision, the Nurse Practitioner is responsible for providing primary health care to the students at Southern Methodist University. The nurse practitioner functions in collaboration with the clinic’s physicians, mid-level providers, pharmacists, psychiatrists, psychologists/counselors, and nurses/medical technologists to provide optimal patient care. The nurse practitioner engages in the overall health and wellness objectives of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, serving on committees, participating in peer review activities, medical staff meetings, case reviews and in-house clinical training sessions. In addition the nurse practitioner works in partnership within the Division of Student Affairs to integrate the work of Dr. Bob Smith Health Center into the overall mission, vision and core values of the University.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides primary health care by performing routine histories/physical examinations. Orders appropriate lab tests, x-rays, and diagnostic studies, evaluates findings and prescribes medications or treatments. Seeks consultation of the collaborative physician, or other services (i.e. mental health, pharmacy) when the situation warrants. Arranges referrals as necessary and performs periodic (wellness) physicals.
  • Provides counseling or patient education on health maintenance, disease/ and injury prevention, and healthy lifestyles.
  • Completes legible, accurate and appropriate documentation of the patient’s encounter in the electronic medical record in a timely manner.
  • Provides consultative, advisory, or educational services to the greater community when requested. Engages the health and wellness objectives of the Health Center, participating in peer review activities, medical staff meetings, the accreditation process and in-house training sessions.  Maintains competency through continuing education.

Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree is required. 

A minimum of two years of experience is required. Experience working in a college health clinic preferred. Familiarity in working in an integrated behavioral health clinic setting preferred.  Experience in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner is highly preferred.

Current, valid, unrestricted NP license in TX, DEA license or eligibility, CPR/BLS certification is required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate ability to successfully work with a diverse community and provide services to a wide range of constituencies. Strong interpersonal communication and public relations skills are necessary. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. 

Candidate must possess an excellent professional demeanor that promotes cooperation and a positive work environment. Must support the policies and procedures of both the Health Center and University, and act as an advocate on their behalf in communication with patients.  

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency using electronic medical records. Basic computer knowledge is required. 

Candidate familiarity with Point and Click is preferred. 

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Stand
  • Push/pull

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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