Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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Program Overview

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 and their families from adolescence through end of life. Emphasis is focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease in the adult population, through pharmacologic, behavioral and relationship development. The mission of the program is to graduate excellent clinicians, exemplary critical thinkers and effective communicators. Coursework and clinical experiences emphasize the physiological, psychosocial impact and social disease burden on the patient and the 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.

Phyllis P. Wright DNP, MSN, MPH
Office: 404.727.6417

*Please email with application questions.

Program Details

Degree Options

The four-semester, 49-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 for those who have another certification specialty

Clinical Experience

Students complete more than 750 hours of directly supervised clinical practice and clinical simulation. . Multiple clinical sites are available in the metropolitan-Atlanta area. These sites include primary care facilities, internal medicine practices, specialty practices such as endocrine and cardiology, and behavioral health.

Unique Highlights

As the population of older adults grows exponentially, graduates of this program of study are prepared to improve the care of this entire population—by in depth study of disease trends, evidence based guidelines, and preservation of physical, mental and social function to end of life. 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.


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.


Semester 1 (Fall) 



Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN



NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology



NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment



NRSG 675

Advancing Behavior Change for Improved Health Outcomes 



NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner



Semester Credit Hours








Semester 2 (Spring)




NRSG 505        

Research and Evidence-Based Practice



NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I



NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology



NRSG 671

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner I



Semester Credit Hours








Semester 3 (Summer)




NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II



NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   



NRSG 673

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II



NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing



Semester Credit Hours








Semester 4 (Fall)




NRSG 684

Innovative Leadership & Policy in Advanced Nursing Practice Roles



NRSG 676

Advanced Management of Geriatric Skin, Continence and Functional Reserve



NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 



NRSG 674

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner III



Semester Credit Hours




Program Total





For questions about the part-time plan of study, please contact the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP specialty director.

Admission Requirements

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 or a multistate RN license

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received.  Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.


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.  MSN and post-masters application deadlines can be found here.

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Post Graduation Program

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State Eligibility And Licensure Requirements

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

CLICK HERE to see a list of eligible states.

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, doctor of nursing practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.