College of Nursing
Curriculum - M.S.N., Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

General Approach

This program prepares nurse to provide a range of healthcare services to adults, promoting wellness, preventing illness and managing health and illness needs.
Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner students may focus on:

  • The primary prevention and management of adults with minor, acute and stabilized chronic illnesses in ambulatory care settings.

  • Restoration and promotion of health for adults in acute care settings.

The major emphasis of role preparation for the nurse practitioner program is to develop graduates with both expertise in the provision of health care and leadership ability in today’s healthcare environment.

Students complete courses in theory of advanced nursing practice, where they develop skill in making independent clinical judgments, as well as participate in experiences involving peer review, client advocacy, the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships and role negotiation.

Clinical instruction is carried out by nurse/physician teams that actively model collaborative practice behaviors.

This model of instruction allows the student to see the complementary roles of the advanced practice nurse and the physician and demonstrates he unique contributions of nursing to the care of clients.


The individual courses comprising the adult nurse practitioner program can be found in the University’s graduate catalogue. Students also spend 675 hours in supervised clinical practice.

The College is affiliated with more than 200 clinical facilities that are carefully selected to provide relevant learning experiences for students wherever they are located.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for and take the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certification examination with the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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