Focused clinical practice prepares the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner to provide comprehensive primary care as an advanced practice nurse to adult-gerontology patients. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners emphasize healthcare management, healthcare promotion, and disease prevention. Graduates of the program will earn a master’s degree and are eligible to sit for national certification examinations.
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.
*A brief on-campus residency is required for students enrolled in NSG 500: Advanced Health Assessment. Additional residencies may be required for the following clinical courses based on the location of the student's clinical practice site:
- NSG 506 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I (3 credits)
- NSG 515 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical II (3 credits)
• GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate's-(for RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (for full MSN program) degree-granting institution which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.
• RN License
• Completed application
• Minimum one year of clinical experience
• Official transcripts from degree-granting institution
RN to MSN
RNs who hold an associate degree but not a bachelor's can accelerate the path to an advanced degree with our 50-credit RN to MSN. program. Two bridge courses bring students to the graduate level, allowing them to earn a master's degree. A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program. Graduates are eligible for national board certification. New students may apply to start in spring 2018.
Nurses ready to rise to the next level in their careers can enroll in our 40-credit MSN program. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required for admission. New students may apply to start in spring 2018.
Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate Program
An Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner post-graduate/ APRN certificate program is available for advanced practice nurses who have earned a master’s degree. Students seeking this certification will complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum. A review of official transcripts will determine a student’s course of study. In addition to the admissions requirements listed above, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and national board certification are required, as appropriate. New students may apply to start in spring 2018.
Course of Study
|NSG 500||Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
|NSG 501||Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 credits)
||Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)|
|NSG 504||Advanced Role Development in Nursing (3 credits)
|NSG 505||Health Policy and Politics for Advancing
Nursing Practice (3 credits)
|NSG 530||Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
|NSG 533||Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
|NSG 590||Scholarly Review (3 credits)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (16 credits)
|NSG 550||Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners (2 credits)
|NSG 553||Adult Heath Perspectives of Culturally Diverse,
Rural and Underserved Populations (2 credits)
|NSG 554||Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I (3 credits)
|NSG 555||Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II (3 credits)
Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I
|NSG 515||Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I
For More Information
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor