Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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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

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 healthcare 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

  • Sept 16‐17, 2019
  • Sept 23‐24, 2019

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

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.

▼   Clinical Orientation

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

  • Sept 15‐17, 2019
  • Sept 22‐24, 2019

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

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. 

▼   Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Curriculum
Requirements:
Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP Specialty Courses
AHN 581 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 credit hours
AHN 588 - Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 credit hours
HSC 601 - Intro to IPE 1 credit
AHN 591 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 credit hours
AHN 592 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
HSC 602 - Team Building 1 credit
AHN 593 - Adult -Geron Primary Care NP II 3 credit hours

AHN 594 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours

AHN 595 -Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 credit hours
AHN 596 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
HSC 603 - Assessment of Vulnerable Populations 1 credit
RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
RN-MSN Courses
 CMN 411 - Nursing in Community Systems 4 credit hours
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours
 NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credit hours

Contacts

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

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