Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MS/CAGS)

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Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
GRE: Not required

Overview

Nurse practitioners provide primary care across the life span through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. These health care services are provided in a variety of settings including neighborhood centers, private practices, school-based clinics, and in the home.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is a specialty track within the MS Nursing program that prepares adult/older adult nurse practitioners to provide quality primary care.

In addition to the traditional Master’s Primary Care Nursing program, we offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) for nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing.

Upon completion of the primary care program, graduates are eligible to sit for all national certification exams in their area of practice.

Admissions Requirements

During the five years prior to entering our program, applicants must have successfully completed a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Curriculum

The graduate program* at Northeastern University enables nurse practitioners to articulate a theoretical base for practice and recognize competencies necessary for the provision of health care to individuals, families, and communities. Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the nurse practitioner role to include participation and use of research development, implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation.

*Curriculum subject to change.

Sample Curriculum

MS

Prerequisite Course

Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Required Courses and Semester Hours

Professional Core

  • NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application
  • (2 Credits)
  • NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Population Health
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5118 Health Care System and Professional Development
  • (3 Credits)
  • Elective
  • (2 Credits)

Clinical Core

  • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6115 Health Assessment
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology
  • (2 Credits)

Clinical

  • NRSG 6249 Health Promotion of Adult/Older Adult
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6449 Health Promotion of Adult/Older Adult Practicum
  • (1 Credit)
  • NRSG 6253 Primary Care of Adult/Older Adult Problems
  • (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6254 Primary Care of Adult/Older Adult Complex Patients
  • (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6450 Adult/Older Adult Practicum I
  • (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6451 Adult/Older Adult Practicum II
  • (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6222 Pharmacology of Adults and Older Adults
  • (2 Credits)

Total Credits Required for MS: 43

CAGS

Prerequisite Courses or Equivalent

  • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6115 Health Assessment
  • (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology
  • (2 Credits)

Required Courses and Semester Hours

  • NRSG 6222 Pharmacology of Adults and Older Adults
    (2 Credits)
  • NRSG 6249 Health Promotion of Adult/Older Adult
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6253 Primary Care of Adult/Older Adult Problems
    (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6254 Primary Care of Adult/Older Adult Complex Patients
    (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6449 Health Promotion of Adult/Older Adult Practicum
    (1 Credit)
  • NRSG 6450 Adult/Older Adult Practicum
    (1 Credit/4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6451 Adult/Older Adult Practicum
    (2 Credits/4 Credits)
  • Elective
    (2 Credits)

Total Credits Required for CAGS Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Specialization: 24

Experiential Learning

You will apply your classroom learning in a wide array of health care settings such as major teaching hospitals in Boston and Southern N.E., rehabilitation hospitals, specialty clinics, school-based clinics, occupational health centers, and university health centers. Our placements include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts-New England Medical Center and dozens more.

You will also learn how to provide care to people in their homes and communities through placements at the VNA Care Network, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and many others. Your clinical rotations in hospital and community settings will equip you to pursue employment in any specialization after graduation.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner