Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
- Adult-Gerontology primary care nurse practitioners are in demand. With the looming shortage of physicians entering primary care, the demand for primary care providers is naturally on the rise. The exciting trend of the patient centered medical home model requires a team of providers with increased need for nurse practitioners.
- Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners can practice in multiple settings and thus have multiple opportunities throughout their careers. From settings such as student/college health, to faith based health centers and internal medicine, graduates can apply their skills and their degree in a spectrum of nursing settings.
- Being an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is a rewarding and challenging occupation. Through engaging in health promotion and following patients across the health spectrum, AGPCNPs utilize their skills in ways that are meaningful both to their patients and their patients' families.
Education and Practice
- take health histories and provide complete physical examinations;
- diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems;
- interpret laboratory results and diagnostic procedures;
- prescribe and manage medications and other therapies;
- provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and
- refer patients to other health professionals as needed.
Listed below are the required courses for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP students will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the NP role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. This program is offered fall term (September) start only. There are 2-year and a 3-year programs for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum.
Sample Plan of Study
|N528||Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes|
|N527||Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery|
|N529||Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice|
|Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses|
|Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan|
|N523||Role Transition to APRN||3|
|Advanced Primary Care Nursing I: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care|
|N568||Critical Elements and the Study of Families and Health||3|
|N646||Primary Care of Older Adults||3|
|Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Chronic Illness in Adults and Their Families|
|Behavioral and Lifestyle Management in Primary Care|
|Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Families in Complex Systems|
|N674||CDM III: Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Adults and Families with Complex Systems||8|
|N554||Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Primary Care||2|
|HS505||Team Based Clinical Decision Making||2|
Total Credits = 57
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 504
This concentration is offered as an extension of the Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner programs, and contains all content and clinical experiences required for certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Occupational Health Nurse, including over 500 hours of supervised practicum experience in primary care and occupational health services.
- Providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment
- Assessing health status
- Diagnosing health status
- Creating a plan of care and implementation of treatment
- Ensuring a professional, collegial, and collaborative approach to care
- Serving as a teacher and coach to patients
- Committing to advancing the profession
- Assisting patients in managing and negotiating the health care delivery system
- Monitoring and ensuring high quality health care practice
- Demonstrating cultural competence