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South University's College of Nursing MSN degree program with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner education encompasses graduate-level health sciences theory as well as supervised, in-depth clinical preparation and experience. The focus of the South University College of Nursing program is industry-standard community-based care, with an emphasis on at-risk and vulnerable populations. Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners are certified through a national certification examination process (ANCC; AANP) in independent management of adolescent and adult healthcare, including elder care, with special emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and primary healthcare management. Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat common health problems by: conducting health histories and providing complete physical examinations; interpreting laboratory results and diagnostic procedures; prescribing and managing medications and other therapies; engaging in health teaching and support with particular reference to prevention of illness and health maintenance; and referring patients to other health professionals where indicated.
The South University College of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree program meets the core competencies for Adult Health Nurse Practitioners as outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). These competencies include:
*If the student receives a failing grade in NSG6021, the student must enroll in and successfully pass the following two (2) credit course: NSG6022 Nurse Practitioner Enhancement.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours in four supervised clinical practicum courses that are designed to provide the opportunity for skill development and practice in the Adult Health Nurse Practitioner role.
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The Master of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of registered nurses. It is also designed for those nurses who want to pursue advanced positions in today's challenging healthcare environment. The program, based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials, blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts that prepare students to work within a healthcare organization or educational setting.
All applicants to the MSN program must hold a current and unencumbered license in the state in which they are completing program requirements. Additionally, all applicants must successfully complete a criminal background check and a drug screening. Clinical affiliation agencies may require additional personal testing.
The program consists of five core courses and courses in an area of specialization in education, administration, informatics, and various nurse practitioner programs. Program includes practica and experiences in areas of specialization.
Courses may be waived if the individual's master's transcript indicates that s/he has successfully completed the required course or its equivalent. Waivers and exceptions will be determined on the written request of individual students through a transcript analysis as determined by the Program Director, Chair, or College Dean.
Students graduating from the MSN degree program will demonstrate acquisition of competencies and proficiencies related to the following:
In addition to the MSN degree program goals and outcomes, students completing a Nurse Practitioner specialization demonstrate acquisition of the following competencies and proficiencies: