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The College of Health Sciences is pleased to offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. This graduate nursing degree educates baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses to assess, diagnose and manage acute, chronic, and complex health needs of individuals through adolescence (age 13 and older), adulthood, and end of life as primary care providers in a global health care system.
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)/ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree is a 24-month program divided into a blended learning didactic phase (8 quarters), two (2) mandatory 3-Day Campus Intensives, and an overlapping clinical phase (3 quarters). The degree consists of 72 quarter credits and 640 clinical hours in the area of focus. The initial portion of the didactic phase of the program emphasizes advanced concepts in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and the “Three Ps” – Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Examination/Health Assessment. The clinical phase begins in the Winter Quarter of the second year of the program. This phase of the program provides students with the necessary hands-on experience to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the practice of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in a variety of practice settings.
Students may rotate to multiple primary care clinical sites within their respective state. These sites provide students with a broad scope of experiences in rural, urban, and suburban clinics, as well as specialty rotations in internal medicine, long-term care/assisted living, hospice, home health, and pharmacy. MSN graduates are required to demonstrate specific foundational and concentration-related competencies. The didactic curriculum and applied practicum experiences allow each student to demonstrate attainment of the nine MSN Essentials.
Midwestern University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.
*Midwestern University is actively pursuing specialty nursing accreditation.
To be considered for admission to the MSN/Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
- Current and unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered nurse in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States and its territories.
- Documentation of current clinical, educational, or administrative practice related to nursing that can serve to facilitate successful completion of an advanced nursing degree.
- Certification by the applicant that there are no pending or reasonably anticipated investigations of his/her registered nursing licensure or advanced practice certification.
- Minimum of 2 years of nursing experience.
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Successful completion of a college-level statistics course.
- Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with faculty, patients, and colleagues.
- Successful completion of the program application on the Midwestern University website.
- Successful completion of a Midwestern University Criminal Background Check.
- Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
- Successful completion of an interview with program faculty (scheduled during the final application review).
- Successful completion of all physical examination and inoculation requirements prior to matriculation.
- Certification of Basic Life Support (BLS) and AED Training for Health Care Professionals prior to matriculation.
*According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2019 for nurse practitioners
*According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2020 for the occupational outlook for Nurse Practitioners