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Online Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The 48-credit M.S.N., A.G.N.P. program prepares graduates to provide a range of healthcare services that promote wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of adults across the lifespan. Students will complete a series of core courses in addition to their study in either the Primary Care or Acute Care track:

  • Core courses: 9 Credits
  • Primary Care or Acute Care Track courses: 39 Credits

Each track includes three four-credit clinical courses as well as nine clinical courses. Students can only take two courses per semester. Clinical requirements are 160 hours.

Required Courses

Core Course Requirements

Course Name
NURS 6124 Forces in Health Care (3)
NURS 6123 Theoretical Basis of Nursing (3)
NURS 7141 Nursing Research (3)

Primary Care Adult-Gerontology NP
NURS 6223 Health Promotion (3)
NURS 6411 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 6415 Clinical Pharmacology (3)
NURS 7370 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3)
NURS 7333 Graduate Nursing Practicum I: Older Years (3)
NURS 7243 Advanced Practice Nursing I: Older Years (3)
NURS 7349 Graduate Nursing Practicum II: Older Years (4)
NURS 7246 Advanced Practice Nursing II: Older Years (3)
NURS 7359 Graduate Nursing Practicum III: Older Years (4)
NURS 7366 Graduate Nursing Practicum IV: Older Years (4)
NURS 7470 Advanced Professional Role Enactment (3)
NURS 6221 Health Concepts of Aging (3)

Acute Care Adult-Gerontological NP
NURS 6223 Health Promotion (3)
NURS 6411 Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 6415 Clinical Pharmacology (3)
NURS 7370 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (3)
NURS 7333 Graduate Practicum I: Acute (3)
NURS 7348 Graduate Nursing Practicum II: Acute (4)
NURS 7236 Acute Care Theory I (3)
NURS 7250 Advanced Acute Care Theory (3)
NURS 7360 Graduate Nursing Practicum III: Acute (4)
NURS 7369 Graduate Nursing Practicum IV: Acute (4)
NURS 7470 Advanced Professional Role Enactment (3)
NURS 6221 Health Concepts of Aging (3)

There are three immersion experiences.

Immersion 1 – Orientation.
This first immersion allows students to meet their peers and faculty in the program either in-person or virtually. It allows them to become oriented to the program and the university. Sessions cover topics such as Intro to Blackboard and Library Services.

Immersion 2 – Practicum. Occurs 2 years into program
The second immersion gives students the opportunity to practice a physical exam and explain it to the faculty, conduct a GYN/GU experiences with standardized patients and conduct an orthopedic assessment to name a few.

  • Acute Care: During the acute care sessions, the students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with intubation, putting in a CVP line, doing a lumbar puncture, and other critical skills.
  • Primary Care: During the primary care sessions, the students attend and participate in sessions on a variety of topics, including different aspects of the eye exam and spirometry.

Immersion 3 – Practicum.
The third immersion includes several guest lectures, allowing students to gain insights from a variety of people who are experts in their field, topics can include: clinical diagnostic skills, wound care management, X-Ray interpretation. Hands On experience includes suturing, local nerve blocks and removing fish hooks. Acute Care Students develop skills in arterial line insertion, EKG interpretation.

Former graduates come and speak to the students about their experiences after graduation. Students are also able to interact with the career center about their job search and building their resume.

Core Course Descriptions

Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Track Course Descriptions

Acute Care Adult-Gerontological Track Course Descriptions