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.

Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 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 includes a didactic course in Interprofessional Care. AGPCNP students will engage in a one credit course for three semesters, for a combined total of three credits. The purpose of this course is to introduce nursing students and their interdisciplinary cohorts to the concepts of interprofessional education. Students will gain an understanding of their own role in healthcare as well as the scope of the role of other health professions. Students will learn how to function in an interprofessional team and carry this knowledge, skill, and value into their future practice, ultimately providing interprofessional patient care as part of a collaborative team that is focused on improving patient outcomes.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Terry Sturm, Dr. Lisa Byrd or Dr. Ellen Moore, Co-Track Coordinators at tsturm@southalabama.edu, lmbyrd@southalabama.edu or ellenmoore@southalabama.edu or by phone at (251) 445-9400; 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

All students in the Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend a mandatory Clinical Skills Intensive Orientation on the USA campus during the fall term in which they are registered for AHN 581 and AHN 588. Students have the opportunity to request their preferred group on a first come, first serve basis through the simulation department after the request is sent out during the spring term.  Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. 

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

Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Clinical Skills Intensive Orientation Dates:

  • September 28 – 29, 2020
  • September 30 – October 1, 2020

Each event will take place at USA College of Nursing. You will receive more information as the date approaches via your JAG e-mail. Please make plans to attend.

▼   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 Healthcare 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 - Introduction to Interprofessional Education 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
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours
NU 450 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 credit hours
NU 452 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credit hours

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Terry Sturm, Dr. Lisa Byrd or Dr. Ellen Moore for more information about this specialty: tsturm@southalabama.edu, lmbyrd@southalabama.edu or ellenmoore@southalabama.edu.