Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioners provide primary care services to adults who experience acute and chronic illnesses with emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, health maintenance, health restoration, and rehabilitation needs.

Program Information

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This program prepares students to certify as Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioners using a biopsychosocial model to examine relevant issues in adult and geriatric health and illness.

This program prepares masters-prepared nurse specialists in adult health care including integrated competencies of systems management, consultation, education, case management, program planning for adults as individuals and as aggregates, provision of primary care services to adults experiencing acute and chronic illnesses with emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, health maintenance, health restoration, and rehabilitation needs. Enhanced content for older adults, those with multiple chronic illnesses, and veterans will be included to prepare students to care for this growing population with special needs in a true inter professional atmosphere.

Care continuum sites for Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner practice includes ambulatory care settings (such as rural health clinics, VA clinics, physician offices, home health), sub-acute and rehabilitation settings, palliative care, and long-term care facilities

This is an innovative program in that students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Adult-Geron Primary Care certification exam. In addition to preparation for the AGPCNP role, this program includes enrichment in gerontological content, multiple chronic illnesses, assessment, care and clinical experiences. This specialized content not only prepares the student for all primary care settings, but gives extra preparation for sites with elders such as long term care, geriatric clinics, or assisted living facilities.

This program also provides classes in Interprofessional Care. AGPCNP students are paired in a one credit hour online class each semester with Occupational Therapy students to work on projects that combine both professions to allow for an enriched interprofessional experience. This added educational offering allows the AGPCNP student to be on the cutting edge of care.

While all Adult-Geron classes are online, we offer a mandatory orientation on

September 17-18, 2018

September 24-25, 2018.

Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty along with discussion of necessary forms and requirements for practicum experiences. Further, various clinical workshops will be provided which will help prepare students for their clinical experience. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joyce Varner, Track Coordinator at jvarner@southalabama.edu or by phone at (251) 445-9455. or by email at congrad@southalabama.edu or by phone at (251) 445-9410.

Note: Your ability to progress in the curriculum is dependent upon you following the schedule. For example, some courses are taught only once each year and many others have pre-requisites. If you are unable to enroll as projected, contact the graduate office for a revised schedule.

 

Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP/APNP) Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN to MSN for associate/diploma RN’s with a BS/BA degree in a non-nursing discipline

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Joyce Varner for more information about this specialty: jvarner@southalabama.edu.