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

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

Offered at South University, Online Programs.

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:

  1. Providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.
  2. Assessing health status.
  3. Diagnosing health status.
  4. Creating a plan of care and implementation of treatment
  5. Ensuring a professional, collegial, and collaborative approach to care.
  6. Serving as a teacher and coach to patients.
  7. Committing to advancing the profession.
  8. Assisting patients in managing and negotiating the healthcare delivery system.
  9. Monitoring and ensuring high quality healthcare practice
  10. Demonstrating cultural competence
Specialization Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Integrate specialty standards of advanced practice nursing to deliver culturally competent, quality healthcare services to individuals, families, populations and systems.
  2. Exercise effective leadership, critical thinking and communication skills in the development and implementation of advanced nursing practice services in primary care.
  3. Integrate professional nursing standards, values and accountability into role and self-development as an advanced practice nurse.
  4. Utilize information technology and an evidence-based research approach in the development of nursing knowledge and design of healthcare services for clients, populations and systems.
  5. Ensure advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in the implementation and evaluation of evidenced based care to diverse individuals and populations.
Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner): 56 Credits
MSN Core Courses: 20 Credits
NSG5000 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5002 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6002 Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6101 Nursing Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 36 Credits
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6006 Pre-Specialty Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6021 Pre-Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours


NSG6320 Practicum I: Adult Health - Adults and Gerontology, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6330 Practicum II Adult Health: Women's Health, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6340 Practicum III: Adult Health - Primary Care, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours

*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.

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)**

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
  2. Analyze current scientific research for application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
  3. Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
  4. Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and an analysis of systems of healthcare.
  6. Model a professional leadership role that fosters improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
  7. Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
  8. Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
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