Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to a culturally diverse population of adults. The Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner focuses upon assessment and management of common acute and chronic health care problems of adult and older adult patients in the primary care setting. Nurses are educated for practice that is evidence-based, collaborative, and reflective of an understanding of current health care delivery, as well as economic, ethical, and professional issues.
Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.
Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized: primary care or internal medicine clinics; occupational health clinics; home based care; long-term, assisted living or post-acute care; rural health clinics; and other adult and geriatric sites.
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 935, NRSG 801, and NRSG 954. Practicum courses NRSG 903, NRSG 904 and NRSG 905 require visits to the KU Medical Center campus 3 times during each semester for Clinical Intensive workshops and Standardized Patient exams.
Sample Plan of Study - Preferred Plan of Study
This program prepares students for an advanced practice specialty certification and APRN eligibility as a primary care certified nurse practitioner (CNP). APRN eligibility differs across states and many require a specialty certification. Specialty certifications are acquired through national exams that do not vary by state. For information on individual state's requirements go to the National Councils of State Boards of Nursing website.
As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.