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Career Pathways for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

by South University
December 8, 2015

Considering a career as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)? If so, there are many places you could find yourself practicing--including your own private practice in certain states. You might work in a specialty clinic, a physician's private practice, a long-term care facility, or perhaps even in the homes of your patients. Let’s look at three of these options for AGPCNPs now.

Home Healthcare

Some Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners own or work in a practice in which they treat patients who have difficulty leaving their homes. This work can allow for flexibility and variety in your schedule, as every day you’ll be travelling to different locations. Your patients may include elderly, as well as those with chronic conditions or who are recuperating from surgery or a serious illness.

This role will allow you to treat patients in an environment where they’re more relaxed, social, and receptive to receiving care. You may also meet your patient's family and other caregivers as well as gain a clearer picture of their daily life, including social interactions and living conditions. This can help you in developing a treatment plan and giving your patient relevant educational counseling and guidance.

Your day will include a set number of visits as well as occasional unscheduled urgent visits. Nurse practitioners in home health are usually compensated per patient visit plus mileage. If you run your own practice, in addition to examining, diagnosing, treating, educating, and following up with patients, you’ll be in charge of scheduling, billing, and other administrative duties, unless you hire someone to assist with such duties.

Walk-in and Community Healthcare Clinics

Depending on the size and type of clinic, your experience as an AGPCNP could vary greatly. In small community and nurse-managed clinics, you may have set hours and see repeat patients on a regular basis for healthcare planning and treatment.

At walk-in clinics, however, your hours may be longer or more varied. While you might see patients with more diversity in healthcare needs, the increase in patient load coupled with fewer repeat patients could make it challenging to give each patient the attention or education you wish to provide. However, clinics that are part of large chains may offer opportunities for advancement, better benefits and even allow for relocation if that becomes needed.

At many clinics, you’ll be working alongside other nurse practitioners and collaborating with healthcare providers outside the clinic as needed.

Long-term Care Facilities

As an AGPCNP, you may have the opportunity to work as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living community or a nursing home.

In this role, you’ll primarily work with the elderly or those with debilitating chronic conditions, providing treatment, preventive care and education. Overall, you’ll likely spend less time on diagnosing problems than on managing, prescribing and adjusting care and treatment, and many of your patients will have multiple conditions you’ll need to consider. While providing long-term care for patients in need can be very rewarding, you should be prepared to work with patients near the end of their lives as well as the families of these patients--something that can take an emotional toll over time.

In some cases, you may be associated with one particular facility and have a set schedule, while in other instances you may travel between various facilities to care for more patients.

Want to know more about becoming a nurse practitioner and your career options? Explore our nurse practitioner articles on the blog, or contact us to talk about our graduate degree programs that can prepare you for a career in this field.


Sources: Day in the Life of a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner | | A day in the life of a home care nurse practitioner | More nurse practitioners visit home care patients | 3 Reasons You Should Become a Home Health NP | Why walk-in health care is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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Career Outlook: Employment Growth and Salaries for Nurse Practitioners

by South University
December 3, 2015

Considering earning a master’s degree in nursing and pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner? Not only is becoming a nurse practitioner an opportunity to learn new skills and increase your quality of patient care, but when it comes to salary and employment growth, the outlook for nurse practitioners is promising!

Employment Growth for Nurse Practitioners

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2022, this occupation will grow across the country at a rate of 34%--a rate that’s more than 3 times the average 11% growth expected across all occupations.

Demand for nurse practitioners is expected to be particularly high in inner cities and rural areas, which are frequently found to be medically undeserved by physicians. Growth for the nurse practitioner career is anticipated to be driven by two factors that are also increasing demand for healthcare services. First, as the number of people with health insurance increases due to recent legislation, these newly insured individuals will look for primary care providers--a role that many nurse practitioners can fill. Second, as the large baby-boomer population continues to age, this group will also require increased care for chronic and acute conditions.

As of 2014, the BLS estimates that 122,000 nurse practitioners are working in the United States, with Maine, Mississippi, Connecticut, Tennessee and Massachusetts having the highest concentration of nurse practitioners in their state’s population.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries

In May 2014, the BLS reported the median annual wage for nurse practitioners to be $95,350. On top of that, the BLS notes that many positions also offer flexible hours and benefits--occasionally including tuition assistance.

Not picky about where you live? Maybe you’re looking for adventure? In 2014, Hawaii, Alaska and California reported the highest mean nurse practitioner salaries at over $115,000, followed closely by California, Oregon and Massachusetts.

Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island also had annual mean salaries for nurse practitioners of over $100,530. Nurse practitioner salaries may also vary based on your specialization or the area of the healthcare industry in which you work.

Get Started on Your Career as a Nurse Practitioner

Interested in a career as a nurse practitioner? South University offers a variety of master’s degree and certificate programs with nurse practitioner specializations, including RN to MSN programs which don’t require a BSN for admission. Explore our Nursing programs today!


South University does not guarantee employment of any particular level of compensation following graduation.

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.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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The Role of Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

by South University
November 30, 2015

As you may already know, nurse practitioners serve as important primary medical care providers for many patients across the United States. Among the various specialties nurse practitioners may have, adult gerontology primary care is one that could increase in importance as the average age of the US population continues to rise. Today, we look at the care and services adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners offer patients.


An Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a type of a nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for patients from adolescence to adulthood to old age. AGPCNPs provide acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services, coordinating with specialty physicians and other healthcare providers as needed.

On top of diagnosing, examining and treating their patients, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners typically offer routine checkups, assessments, immunizations, and one-on-one health counseling and education. In fact, providing education is a large part of their day and these nurse practitioners work closely with their patients to develop and implement healthy lifestyle and disease prevention plans, often involving things like diet, exercise and physical therapy in addition to any prescribed medications. AGPCNPs will also work with a patient's family to make sure family members are as involved and informed as needed to support the patient.

Places of Practice

Although state laws vary regarding scope of practice for nurse practitioners, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners in many states may have their own private practice in which they see patients in an office or provide home care or do both. AGPCNP may also work in a range of organizations including:

  • Long-term care and assisted living facilities
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Correctional centers and other settings with primary care services


All Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners have achieved licensure and credentialing beyond what is required to work as a registered nurse (RN). To practice, every nurse practitioner must complete a master’s degree program, with many earning additional post graduate certificates and even doctoral degrees. Over the course of their career, nurse practitioners continue to grow and maintain their knowledge of healthcare by completing regular continuing education courses and workshops.

Learn more about Nurse Practitioner Careers

To learn about nurse practitioner programs, careers and opportunities, read more articles about nurse practitioners on our blog or explore our Nursing programs, including those designed to prepare students for careers as Nurse Practitioners.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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Tips to Stand Out in the Crowd

by South University
November 23, 2015

MariKathryn E. Arnold
Career Services Advisor

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the monthly unemployment rate fell 0% in September 2015. This is an overall 0.8% improvement from the beginning of the year, but is this significant enough to impact you, as the job searcher? Job searching can be a challenging and frustrating process. With the job market’s conflicting expectations and projections it can be difficult to understand what to believe and what the job market is really like. Many anticipate that more jobs will be available and that the job search will get easier, but are they right?

Minimizing Your Job Search Frustration

Understanding job market trends can minimize some of your job search frustration. Job market trends help to show what you are up against and the size of your competition. On average, 250 or more candidates apply for one position. Not only are you up against a high volume of candidates, but you are in a technological day and age, where personal interaction rarely exists. You may apply to a position and never hear back. You may only receive an automated electronic rejection. In a world that seems to be against you, it can seem overwhelming.

What can you do?

1. Spend time on your resume.

First, build a strong enticing resume! Hiring managers want to easily read how impressive you are. Be sure to build value around why you are the ideal candidate for the position.

2. Include a cover letter.

Many hiring managers view a cover letter as a crucial component to the job search. A cover letter gives you an opportunity to express your interest in the position and the company, as well as highlight your skills. A cover letter separates you from the 250 other applicants.

3. Build your network.

Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know Companies may review candidates referred to the position first, not solely the candidates who meet the qualifications checklist. If you know someone who works in that company, reach out to them for a referral!

4. Follow up.

Follow up with the company. If you have not heard back or even received a rejection email, reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager to see why you were not asked to come in for an interview. This can help you to see what skills you may be lacking and where you can make improvements. Remember, the more aggressive that you are with the job search, the less frustrating you will find it. Persistence is key!

5. Stay positive.

Finally, the job search is not easy, but the payoff is worth it. There will be ups and downs, but it’s important to go into the process with a positive attitude. Rejection is part of the job searching process, but once you land the job you want, you’ll be happy you didn’t waste time agonizing over every rejection letter, because they won’t matter anymore.

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Faculty share driving factors behind Information Systems graduate program

by South University
November 18, 2015

As part of the team developing the curriculum for South University’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program, Jason Crittenden and Angelo Thalassinidis focused on answering one question. A question that was not what courses students should take, but instead “What competencies do we want our students to learn?”

After looking closely at the needs of today’s businesses, they arrived at three answers.

1. Data Analysis and Management

With all the talk about the value of big data for businesses, the team identified data analysis and management as an essential skill for information systems professionals.

“Big data is here to stay,” says Dr. Crittenden, Department Chair of Information Systems and Technology at South University, Richmond. “There is an extraordinary amount of unstructured data that resides in our world and companies are begging people to sit down with it and try to find out what they can do with all of this data.”

Both Dr. Crittenden and Dr. Thalassinidis believe this data is being used in fascinating ways--and that the possibilities only get more interesting with evolving technology.

“Once you connect all the data that we have or that we can gain access to with natural language processing and artificial intelligence, we're going to see a number of developments that will have tremendous business applications,” says Dr. Thalassinidis, Director of the Department of Information Systems and Technology at South University, Tampa.

2. IT Governance and Compliance

With the constant influx of new or updated regulations from the federal government, IT governance and compliance is the second area the MSIS team identified as essential.

“From HIPAA to Sarbanes-Oxley, you are hard-pressed to find a regulation that gets released by the Federal Government that does not have some slant where IT needs to be involved, whether that's in the health world, the criminal justice world, or the educational world,” says Dr. Crittenden, who also notes that many job listings today want people skilled in IT auditing.

3. Emerging Technology

With technology changing every day, people who can very quickly research, learn, adopt, and implement new technologies are crucial.

Dr. Thalassinidis expects that much of this new technology will be concentrated in specific areas. “Where we see innovative technologies being used now is to address business ambiguity. We're going to see more of that,” he says. “We're going to also see the connectivity of everything exploding even more. Because of technology, small companies can act big, and big companies can act small and give you that personalized experience.”

However, what exactly new technology will look like, reminds Dr. Crittenden, is hard to predict. “Even the brightest of individuals out there, the Stephen Hawkings of the world, the Elon Musks, the people who sit and think about how these things are going to happen in the future, they really have no idea either.”

Combining These Competencies: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

If students develop competencies in these three areas of data analysis and management, IT governance and compliance, and emerging technologies, says Dr. Crittenden, they will gain valuable skills for their professional future.

He says, “It will make them better managers of technology, it will make them better analysts, and I think students will be, what I always like to say, ‘bigger, faster and stronger.’”

Dr. Thalassinidis adds, “The MSIS program addresses all aspects of information systems, whether that is their development and maintenance or even retirement, in a way that will reduce risk to the business and enable businesses to continue moving forward.”

Plus, what you learn, says Dr. Crittenden, can stand the test of time. “We have brought components into the program—risk management, compliance, data management, the emerging technology pieces—that really prepare students for not just jobs that are happening today, but jobs that will be available a year from now, two years from now, ten years from now.”

To learn more about the MSIS program, explore our related posts or visit our program detail pages.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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