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School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing

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Primary Care Adult/Gerontological
Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program trains health care professionals to meet the unique needs of the growing population of older adults.

The Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program trains health care professionals to meet the unique needs of the growing population of older adults. The program prepares you to:

  • Practice in an advanced nursing role in a variety of settings
  • Practice independently and collaboratively to improve the health of older adults and their families, especially for under-served and vulnerable populations
  • Provide competent, comprehensive, culturally appropriate care to older adults and their families
  • Educate paraprofessionals, professionals, clients, families and communities regarding health care issues concerning the older adult and their families
  • Participate in clinical research that incorporates evidence-based care and extends knowledge in advanced nursing practice relevant to older adults and their families, especially issues of end-of-life care
  • Incorporate Christian values and ethical decision-making into geriatric clinical practice
  • Assume leadership roles in influencing health policies that promote high quality, cost-effective care for older adults and their families

Program length

The AGNP program is 48 credit hours, with 600 clinical hours, and is completed on a part-time basis. By taking two classes at a time, you can complete the program in about two and a half years (three full academic years, along with the summers in between each year), though you have up to six years to complete the degree. Part-time employment during school is possible, but must be flexible to provide time for clinical hours once the clinical sequence begins.

Format

Courses are a combination of hybrid (on-campus classes with online components) and online. On-campus classes meet one day per week on campus.

Online courses or course components require basic computer skills. Not sure where you stand? Take a free skills assessment ►

Curriculum

The curriculum includes 16 classes, clinicals and completion of a scholarly project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Classes include both non-clinical core courses and clinical courses, which must be taken in a prescribed sequence. Our advisors will work with you to help you stay on track.

Clinical hour requirements include experiences in diverse settings, which allow you to develop skills under a variety of circumstances. You'll work one-on-one with faculty members to find preceptor locations that meet your learning goals.

To see specific courses in this program, view the AGNP degree plan. Complete course descriptions are available in the MSN Graduate Course Catalog.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $692/credit hour. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students. ►

When can I start?

Non-clinical core courses are offered on a regular semester schedule. Students can apply at any time and begin courses in August, January or May.