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: 602 (91%)
    • Males: 63 (9%)
    • Minorities: 298 (45%)
    • Total BSN students: 374
    • Total MSN students: 236
    • Total DNP students: 21
    • Total PhD students: 34

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 
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Full-Time Program of Study, 51 Credit Hours

  

Credits

Clinical Hours

Semester 1 (Fall) 

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 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness 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 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness 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

Semester Credit Hours

14

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 589

Leadership for Health Professions

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

Part-time Program of Study

 

Credit Hours

Clinical Hours

Semester 1 (Fall)

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness

2

 

 Semester Credit Hours

7

 

 Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 505

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

Semester Credit Hours

6

 

 Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

NRSG 644

Advanced Management of Bowel/Bladder Continence

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

7

 

 Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Seminar: AGPCNP

2

45

NRSG 589

Leadership for Health Professions

2

 

NRSG 646

Advanced Management of Chronic Wounds

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

9

 

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 519

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP I

2

 

NRSG 671

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

6

 

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for AGACNP II

2

 

NRSG 672

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP II

5

180

Semester Credit Hours

7

 

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business and Finance

2

 

NRSG 673

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care across the Spectrum

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

51

 
 Total Clinical Hours 645

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.

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.