Transitioning to the advanced practice role is a wonderful opportunity for an RN who wants to do more. As an advanced practitioner, you are a nurse first. You then build upon the nursing fundamentals of patient care that are so fulfilling. Accept the challenge to become an advanced practice nurse in adult health and provide health promotion, disease prevention or chronic disease management to individuals.
Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Certification & Career Opportunities
Graduates of this major meet criteria for taking certification exams as Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioners or Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialists and have achieved an outstanding pass rate.
The nurse practitioner role is showing considerable growth. A certified NP may work for a physician group, seeing the patient in the office and following up in the hospital, or with a specialty group like cardiology, orthopedics or general practice. Graduates are employed in private practice, clinics, long-term care, home care and various occupational health settings as well as physician practice groups. Our graduates have achieved an outstanding pass rate on certification examinations, allowing every student to earn an APN job. Many are hired in the setting where they experience their last clinical, and opportunities often come by word of mouth.
Students spend a minimum of 504 practicum hours with NP or MD preceptors. Clinical placements are determined by students’ areas of interest and career goals. Practica hours may be completed in most geographical locations based on ability to meet course objectives.
At least one year of RN work experience is preferred.
Program of Study
The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in five semesters (two academic years, including a summer semester). Part-time students can progress at their own speed.
* Courses are available online or face to face.
** Courses are offered in a hybrid format and meet bi-weekly.
|Year 1 Fall Semester Courses||Credits|
|NURS8020C Advanced Health Assessment
||3 (2+1) credits
|* NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
|* NURS8004 Biostatistics
|Year 1 Spring Semester Courses||Credits|
|* NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits|
|* NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis||3 credits|
|* NURS8024 Pharmacology for APN||3 credits
|Year 1 Summer Semester Courses||Credits|
|* NURS8008 Health Care Policy||3 credits|
|* NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits|
|ANNP8040 AGPC Practicum I
||2 credits (8 clinical hrs/wk)|
|ANNP8050 AGPC Seminar I||1 credit|
|Year 2 Fall Semester Courses||Credits|
|** ANNP8030 Clinical Management I||3 credits|
|ANNP8042 AGPC Practicum II||3 credits (12 hrs/wk)|
|ANNP8052 AGPC Seminar II||1 credit|
|Year 2 Spring Semester Courses||Credits|
|** ANNP8032 Clinical Management II||3 credits|
|ANNP8044 AGPC Practicum III||4 credits (16 hrs/wk)|
|ANNP8054 AGPC Seminar III/Capstone||2 credits|
Credit Hours = 44
Practicum I = 112 clinical hours
Practicum II = 168 clinical hours
Practicum III = 224 clinical hours
Total = 504 hours