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

 

 

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.

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.

Support Courses

NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits

NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits

NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP Specialty Courses

AHN 581 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 credits

AHN 588 - Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 credits

HSC 601 - Intro to IPE 1 credit

AHN 591 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 credits

AHN 592 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credits

HSC 602 - Team Building 1 credit

AHN 593 - Adult -Geron Primary Care NP II 3 credits

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

AHN 595 -Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 credits

AHN 596 - Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

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 credits

NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credits

NU 410 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credits

NU 425 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 credits

OR

NU 530 – Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 credits

Contacts

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