Master of Science in Nursing / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Online

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program educates baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses to assess, diagnose and manage acute, chronic, and complex health needs of individuals through adolescence, adulthood, and end of life.

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The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree is a 24-month program divided into a blended learning didactic phase (8 quarters), two 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, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physiology, 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. 

M.S.N. 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 M.S.N. Essentials.
 

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To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) / Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Current and unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States and its territories.
  3. Minimum of 2 years of nursing experience.
  4. A preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
     

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The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree is a 24-month program divided into a blended learning didactic phase (8 quarters), two 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, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Physiology, 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. 

M.S.N. 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 M.S.N. Essentials.    

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the geriatric population is expected to outnumber children by the year 2035.

Nurse practitioners with a focus on adult-gerontology primary care have an earning potential of $120,480 - $163,350 per year. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, variance is based on region/experience and area of specialty.)

Less than 8% of nurse practitioners are trained in adult-gerontology primary care. This need continues to increase with the aging population in the U.S.

The Master's of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) / Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Midwestern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202-887-6791.

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46%*

Growth Projected through 2031

*According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2022.

$120K - $163K

Annual Salary Range

Salary range is $120,680 - $163,350. Variance is based on region and/or experience (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021).

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