Wilkes University

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with an elderly patient.

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.

Online Format

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is held online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location where students reside.

Residency Requirement

*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) (250 clinical hours)
  • NSG 515 – Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical II (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution

RN to M.S.N.

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. The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 

M.S.N.

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.The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 

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 or doctoral degree in nursing. Students seeking this certification will complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum. A review of official transcripts  for a gap analysis 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. The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 


Course of Study

Graduate Nursing Core (24 credits)
NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 credits)
NSG 502
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 556 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)
NSG 506 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I (250 clinical hours) (3 credits) 
NSG 515 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical I (250 clinical hours) (3 credits)

For More Information on the RN-M.S.N. or M.S.N. Program:

Jessica DiBernardo
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor 
Wilkes University
(570) 408-4404
jessica.dibernardo@wilkes.edu

For More Information on the Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate Program:

Michael DeBlasio
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Wilkes University
(570) 408-4232
michael.deblasio@wilkes.edu


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