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Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 20 months Credit Hours: 43 Tuition: $28,499

Overview


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Progress in your nursing practice and prepare to deliver healthcare services to adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online program from Northern Kentucky University. This fully online program equips you with the specialized knowledge and clinical experience you need to become a successful primary care nurse practitioner.

MSN core coursework includes fundamentals of theory and research for advanced nursing and evidence-based practice, advanced clinical pharmacology for APRNs, and analysis and application of health data, as well as interactive courses covering primary care and pharmacology. You will also explore the issues today's evolving healthcare system faces. In addition to core and NP practice, this 43 credit hour program provides a clinical residency and capstone course to synthesize your learning.

Once you graduate our CCNE-accredited program, you will be eligible to take the Adult-Gero Primary Care certification examination.

In this program, you will:

  • Prepare for the Adult-Gero Primary Care certification exam and expanded practice opportunities to diagnose and treat patients from adolescence to geriatrics
  • Critically analyze data for practice by integrating knowledge from arts and sciences within the context of nursing's philosophical framework and scientific foundation
  • Use evidence-based practice to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability while implementing change to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Integrate nursing science, educational frameworks, health policy, professional values and principles of business to implement initiatives that facilitate the highest level of advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse cultures and populations including patients and providers
  • Analyze one's own behaviors and institutional practices and policies for coherence with principles of caring
  • Demonstrate effective communication in order to facilitate nursing practice at an advanced level

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online, students must complete 17 courses (43 credit hours), which includes eight core courses (24 credit hours), 4 clinical courses (4 credit hours) with a total of 500 clinical hours, four specialty courses (12 credit hours), and one capstone (3 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of achieving. We've streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible. Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online program include a Bachelor of Science degree with minimum of a 3.0 GPA and a valid RN license. RNs with a non-BSN bachelor's are required to complete prerequisite courses (NRP 471 and NRP 472) for admission into the program.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online program is affordably priced, and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

We offer multiple start dates during the academic calendar year for our Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online program. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online program, the curriculum is comprised of 17 courses covering 43 credit hours, including eight core courses (24 credit hours), four clinical courses (4 credit hours) with a total of 500 clinical hours, four specialty courses (12 credit hours), and a capstone course (3 credit hours).

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination, critique, and evaluation of the theoretical foundations of nursing practice. Appraisal of diverse scholarly resources to inform advanced nursing practice. Identification of a research problem with development of a research question.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores health care issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to health care for varied populations; social distribution of health care, actions for dealing with health care dilemmas, federal and state regulatory programs, and health care financing will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Understanding and analysis of health data for application to evidence based nursing practice for public health, health promotion, clinical prevention, and population health. Emphasis is placed on the use of health data and the best evidence in the application and evaluation of recommendations to improve health outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores health care issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to health care for varied populations; social distribution of health care, actions for dealing with health care dilemmas, federal and state regulatory programs, and health care financing will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of advanced skills in assessment of physical, cognitive, nutritional and functional domains: integration of appropriate test data and diagnostic reasoning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systems-based approach designed to study the physiology and pathophysiology relating to human health. Integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for homeostasis and cellular adaptation will serve as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management in clinical practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of pharmacological physiology of selected therapeutic agents; pharmacological management of clients, including drug selection, client/family education, and monitoring and evaluating pharmacological interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the history and role of Advanced Practice Nurses. This includes an overview of the role of the Advance Practice Nurse as a Provider, Consultant, Educator, Researcher, Collaborator, Leader and Administrator. Selected legal, practice, and ethical issues are explored. Nursing theory is incorporated into the course.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to the primary care of adults, specifically examining the ears, eyes, nose & throat, neurological, psychosocial, dermatological, musculoskeletal, and abdominal systems. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems will be presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to primary care of adults, specifically examining the renal, women's health & gynecology, fetal development, preconception & prenatal, men's health, hematological, immunological, & respiratory systems. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Interactive course covering topics related to primary care of adults, specifically examining cardiac and endocrine systems, palliative care, minor emergency care, and common laboratory and diagnostic tests. Pathophysiology, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of common health problems within these systems will be presented.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This interactive course focuses on the management of common illnesses affecting and pharmacological management of geriatric patients. Students incorporate principles of health promotion, disease prevention, pathophysiology, and assessment to develop therapeutic management and evaluation strategies for geriatric patients.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The first in a series of courses comprised of a supervised AGNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The second in a series of courses comprised of a supervised AGNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The third in a series of courses comprised of a supervised AGNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The fourth in a series of courses comprised of a supervised AGNP clinical residency in a variety of primary care settings. Students will engage in health promotion, problem identification, management of acute and chronic illnesses, integration of advanced assessment, and management of pharmacological and other therapeutic interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum synthesizing content from all previous courses in the Advanced Practice Nurse majors. This culminating experience will result in a project synthesizing all previous learning.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree online. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MSN – Adult-Gero NP Online Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee.
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required on your end.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work
  • Verification of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state in which you are licensed and practice.
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an ACEN, CCNE or CNEA accredited program of nursing.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse. Verification form, click here.
  • Undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better
  • RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may apply to the MSN by meeting all of the above criteria except a BSN. Additionally, they must successfully complete the following courses prior to beginning the MSN courses:
    • NRP 471 – Concepts of Professional Nursing
    • NRP 472 – Nursing Research or an equivalent undergraduate research course.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner degree online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
MSN – Adult-Gero NP $621 $1,796 $28,499

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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