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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Earn Your MSN in Under 2 Years, with a Focus in Adult Gerontology

This CCNE-accredited MSN program can prepare you to deliver leading-edge primary care to patients across their adult life as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Complete your gerontological nursing degree online in as little as 17 months, without putting your career on hold.

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Courses and Clinical Experiences to Prepare You for Gerontological Nursing

Our MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree program can equip you to practice preventive care, promote positive health behaviors, and diagnose and treat health problems in adult patients. Our online classes blend nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, while the practicum courses offer in-depth clinical experiences, supervised by supportive, knowledgeable mentors. Our adult gerontological nurse practitioner education can also help you to build your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills.

Our MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program curriculum can be completed in as little as 17 months online. After completing this MSN degree program, you’ll be eligible to sit for examinations* through national certifying bodies (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]; American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]).

MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Our courses in the MSN Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program are carefully selected and designed to prepare you for a career in gerontological nursing practice. Your required core MSN courses will cover topics such as:

  • Role of the advanced practice nurse
  • Advanced theoretical perspectives for nursing
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Health policy and health promotion in advanced nursing practice
  • Nursing research methods

For your nurse practitioner specialization, you’ll explore further the following topics:

  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced health and physical assessment

After passing pre-specialty and pre-clinical evaluations, you’ll also be required to complete practicum courses in several areas of adult health, including:

  • Adults and gerontology
  • Women's health
  • Primary care

Finally, you’ll conduct a scholarly project in which you combine and apply the advanced nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and research skills you’ve acquired in this program.

MSN Adult Gerontology Degree Program Requirements

Admissions requirements to our MSN Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing (or be a pending graduate) from an accredited U.S. collegiate institution
  • A CGPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 or at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter credits) undertaken of undergraduate nursing courses completed.
  • Completion of a three semester credit hour undergraduate course (or equivalent) in statistics with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of an undergraduate nursing research course or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended (within 10 weeks after the initial start date).
  • A valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the U.S. state or territory in all states in which licensed, in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Meet the Core Performance Standards and essential function related to the profession of nursing as described in the South University academic catalog.
  • An interview with the Chair/Program Director or designated faculty for campus based students.
  • Submission of the following:
    • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least one of your references should hold a master’s or higher degree in nursing.
    • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.
    • A resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

For answers to questions about our MSN Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner requirements or provisional admissions opportunities, contact us at 1.800.688.0932. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

RNs who do not hold a BSN and are interested in gerontological nursing can take a streamlined path to earning a BSN and MSN in our RN to MSN with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing that equipped them to practice in another advanced role or nursing specialty may be better suited for our shorter Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate program.

Defining Nursing Roles: The Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Adult gerontology nurse practitioners specialize in community-based care, providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment services for at-risk and vulnerable populations. Collaborating with physicians or working independently in private practices, hospitals, treatment centers, or walk-in clinics, adult gerontological nurse practitioners may prescribe medicine, conduct physical exams, and perform diagnostic procedures as they help their adult patients to manage acute or chronic illnesses.

Nurses moving into adult gerontology careers may discover many benefits, including nurse practitioner level salary and a strong job growth predicted as the US population ages. Standard adult gerontological nurse practitioner salary varies by factors like experience level, employment type, and geographic region.

*Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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