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 on-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.
All nurse practitioner students are expected to attend two 3-day weekend intensives to ensure competency of both skills and knowledge prior to entering practicum experiences. These intensives are mandatory, and dates are provided early so that students can plan well in advance.
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. The didactic curriculum and applied practicum experiences allow each student to demonstrate attainment of the nine core competencies (MSN Essentials).
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.