Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Continue your professional growth and sharpen your nursing skills with a master’s program focused on adult and gerontological nursing. At South University, our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner online program can equip you with the nursing skills and knowledge needed for health promotion and disease prevention with adult individuals and community populations.
This program prepares you to exercise advanced leadership, clinical judgment, critical thinking, and communication skills as an adult-gerontological nurse practitioner. Across the curriculum, you’ll focus on at-risk and vulnerable populations while building expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating common health problems with evidence-based practice.
This MSN program meets the core competencies for Adult Health Nurse Practitioners outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and allows you to develop the skills required to sit for the national certification* exams (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]; American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]).The program also incorporates key elements from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials.
*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.
Per Credit Hour
Tuition for the Masters of Science in Nursing degree programs is $600 per quarter credit hour.
2018 Exam Year
75% Pass Rate
South University Online Adult Gerontology Family Nurse Practitioner pass rate on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board
complete in as little as
This program is designed to be completed in as little as two years.
Procedure for Admission to Master of Science in Nursing Programs**
** South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
The criteria to determine admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program include:
- Completion of the application for admission
- A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN, CCNE or CNEA accredited program.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Provisional Admissions: South University College of Nursing and Public Health fosters diversity through a holistic provisional admission status for students with a GPA less than 3.0.
- Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 -2.99 must receive a final course grade of B or better in all nursing courses for the first quarter to be fully admitted into the MSN program.
- Applicants with a GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 will be considered for provisional admission with submission of a current resume and a letter explaining challenges faced in previous academic experiences.
- Students will have an assessment and an individualized plan for optimizing success that includes completion of a mandatory orientation prior to first day of quarter.
Students must receive a final course grade of B or better in all nursing courses for the first quarter to be fully admitted into the MSN program.
Students who do not receive a final course grade of B or better in all nursing courses will have the provisional admission rescinded. There is no appeal for rescinding provisional status.
- Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended within 10 weeks after the initial start date.
A valid and unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments and clinical rotations, for entry and maintenance of admission to the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet their state/territory requirement for nursing licensure).
Offered at South University, Online Programs.
The Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) degree program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for the current and evolving primary healthcare system. The South University College of Nursing program focuses on advanced health sciences knowledge and skills to prepare advanced clinicians to deliver leading edge, primary healthcare to adolescents through the entire adult-gerontology age spectrum. AGPCNP students share select course content with fellow students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs where appropriate. This structure exposes students to a variety of expert specialty faculty and supports development of inter-specialty relationships in client management.
The South University program is designed to prepare graduates to provide the full range of primary care services to individuals from adolescence, adulthood, older adults, to the frail elderly. Competencies include provision of preventive care as well as diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health problems. In addition to direct patient care, students also participate in clinical translational efforts, education, and policy activities relevant to advanced practice nursing and diverse population health care issues. National certification is available upon program completion through the national certifying bodies (ANCC; AANPCP).
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-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner as outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). These competencies include:
- 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 healthcare delivery system.
- Monitoring and ensuring high quality healthcare practice
- Demonstrating cultural competence
Graduates should be able to:
- Integrate specialty standards of advanced practice nursing to deliver culturally competent, quality health care services to individuals, families, populations and systems.
- Exercise effective leadership, critical thinking and communication skills in the development and implementation of advanced nursing practice services in Primary Care.
- Integrate professional nursing standards, values and accountability into role and self-development as an advanced practice nurse.
- Utilize information technology and an evidence-based research approach development of nursing knowledge and design of health care services for clients, populations and systems.
- Ensure advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in the implementation and evaluation of evidenced based care to diverse individuals and populations.
*If the student receives a failing grade in NSG6021, the student must enroll in and successfully pass the following four (4) credit course: NSG6023 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.
Standardized Testing Policy
All students enrolled in an MSN course will be required to utilize the standardized testing policy in place at the time of their course.
1. Standardized testing platform
- The selected 3P exam: The minimum score for the exam is average/score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%.
- The Pre-Predictor exam: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The Pre-Predictor exam is 10% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.
- The University Predictor: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The University Predictor exam is worth 25% (100 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340).
- Individualized and faculty driven remediation provides an opportunity for students to review study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the assessment and improve the opportunity to be successful on the second attempt of any exam.
- In addition to faculty driven remediation, self-review is required for all standardized testing assessments. Students are required to use their test results to complete remediation.
- Failure to comply with the standardized testing policy may result in a course failure.
- Retesting is required for any student who scores lower than the minimum passing score on the 3P exam. Retesting of the 3P exam will take place during the final week of NSG6023.
- A different test version will be used for retesting. Students who score the minimum passing score or higher on the 3P exam in NSG6023 will receive an 80% for the grade. Students who do not score the minimum passing score will be dismissed from the MSN nurse practitioner programs.
- The Dean's or designee's approval is required for reordering of standardized testing products.
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP, & NE)
Recommended: Students purchase a Dermatology resource to supplement learning from Physical Assessment Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
Concurrent course with NSG6020. The student must meet the benchmarked score on the 3-P exam to pass the course. If unsuccessful, the student will be enrolled into NSG6023. Course assignments per syllabus.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) Practicum I-Family or Adult Health: Adults and Gerontology
Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6430 (FNP) Practicum II Women's Health
Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6330 AGNP Reproductive Health
Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6435 (FNP) Practicum III: Family Health Pediatrics
Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6340 (AGNP) Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary Care
Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Discussions: 5% Assigned Case Studies: 10% Exam #1: 10% Exam #2: 10% Final Exam: 20% Pre-Predictor: 10% University Predictor Exam: 25% SOAP Notes: 10%
NSG6440 (FNP) Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary Care)
Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the University Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Pre-Predictor: 10% University Predictor Exam: 25% Assigned Case Studies: 20% Remediation of Areas of <80% on Pre-Predictor: 10% Comprehensive Final Exam: 35% Class Discussion/Participation 5% (online) Case Studies/Participation 5% (campus-based)
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 valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state 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(s) must be maintained throughout the program. 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:
- Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
- Analyze current scientific research for application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
- Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
- Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
- Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and an analysis of systems of healthcare.
- Model a professional leadership role that fosters improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
- Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
- Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom.
South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:
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- Personalized navigation
- Simplified online learning atmosphere
- Access to digital books
- Emailing and instant messaging options
We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.
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