Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Post-Master's Certificate program prepares students for diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions in patients over the age of 13. These providers tasks include taking detailed health histories and making health assessments based on that data, promoting healthy lifestyle changes and helping patients manage chronic illnesses.
Certification & Career
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.
At least one year of RN work experience is preferred. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.
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.
Program of Study
The plan of study for the program is determined upon a student’s acceptance and matriculation into the program and is based upon the student’s previous MSN coursework.
As mentioned above, the plan of study is highly individualized. For an idea of the courses that may be required, review the schema for the Adult-Gero Primary Care NP Onsite MSN program.