Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)/Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program                         

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.

Post-Master’s Certificate/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

The Post-Master’s Certificate/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track is a 12-month curriculum divided into a blended learning didactic phase (4 quarters), one mandatory on-campus intensive, and an overlapping clinical phase (3 quarters). The degree consists of 35 quarter credits and 640 clinical hours in the area of focus. The initial portion of the track emphasizes the professional role of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in health promotion, screening and diagnostic measures, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and disease prevention through evidence-based practice within primary care settings of the population foci (adolescence through geriatrics).

All nurse practitioner students are expected to attend one 4-day weekend intensive to ensure competency of both skills and knowledge prior to entering practicum experiences. This intensive is mandatory, and dates are provided early so that students can plan well in advance.

The clinical phase begins in the Winter Quarter 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.