Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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Train for Adult Primary Care

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for advanced practice through a course of study focused on the primary care of patients from age 13 through end of life and their families. Courses focus on advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and management of episodic and chronically ill adults. Courses also focus on the elderly client in various stages of aging. These courses are combined with specialty seminars and clinical experiences that emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on the patient and family. 

Graduates are prepared to sit for the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Exam.

Degree Options
The four-semester, 51-hour program of study may be pursued full time or part time. Students may also pursue a dual MSN/MPH degree through the School of Nursing and the Rollins School of Public Health. A Post-Master’s option is also available.

Clinical Experience
Students complete more than 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Multiple clinical sites are available in the metropolitan-Atlanta area. These sites include primary care facilities, internal medicine practices, Wesley Woods Center of Emory Healthcare, and various nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Unique Highlights
The Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care program focuses on the unique aspects of providing health care to adolescents through older adults and their families. As the population of older adults grows exponentially, graduates of this program of study are prepared to improve the care of this entire population—not only individual patients.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program are prepared for advanced practice roles in a wide variety of health care settings. In addition to working as a nurse practitioner, graduates have found positions as researchers, consultants, or educators.

VANAP Scholarship 
In addition to the other financial aid options available, students admitted to this program are eligible to apply for the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership for Graduate Education Scholarship.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 665
    • Females: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are Amercian Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner

2

30

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 519

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP I

2

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 671

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP II

2

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 644

Advanced Continence Management

2

NRSG 673

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Semester Credit Hours

14

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

NRSG 674

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

13

Total Credit Hours

51

Total Clinical Hours

690

 

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

Semester Credit Hours

8

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 644

Advanced Continence Management

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty: AGACNP

2

30

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

30

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 519

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP I

2

NRSG 671

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare Finance

2

Semester Credit Hours

8

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP II

2

NRSG 673

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

7

240

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 674

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

240

Total Credit Hours

51

Total Clinical Hours

690

Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) are teaming up to prepare nurse practitioners to provide specialized holistic and integrated care for the veteran population. If selected into the cohort, students are entitled to unique benefits and opportunities offered solely for this program. 

Learn more about the VA Nursing Partnership

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines are below.
  • 10/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Please visit the MSN Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Phyllis P. Wright DNP, MSN, MPH

Assistant Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

404.727.6417

phyllis.p.wright@emory.edu