Over the next decade career opportunities for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse practitioner workforce will grow by 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages for nurse practitioners is $113,980. U.S. News & World Report names Nurse Practitioner as #7 on its list of 100 Best Jobs (#5 in Health Care).
The online MSN in Adult-Gero Primary Care NP (AGPC NP or AGNP) program at the University of Cincinnati offers the flexibility to work with adult and gerontological patients across their lifespan and in a wide range of industries. This career path is ideal for nurses dedicated to forming close relationships with their patients and acting as trusted healthcare advisors.
If you enjoy working directly with patients to make informed decisions and recommendations about their lifestyle and healthcare, or if you are interested in working with end-of-life patients to help alleviate suffering, the adult-gerontological nurse practitioner career may be a good fit.
An Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner will work with patients age 13 through end of life. The role of an AGPC NP includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions seen in community-based settings including primary care and other specialties such as dermatology, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, etc.
Yet the scope of AGPC NP duties goes far beyond this. Working with adults and elderly patients, your responsibilities include building relationships with them to earn their trust and offer the highest possible quality care. You may need to monitor their health and conduct evaluations, perform annual checkups and educate patients on their diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
Due to the wide range of patients (age 13 through the elderly) and the diverse array of duties that are entrusted to an AGPC NP, you will find employment opportunities across the healthcare spectrum. Potential workplace settings for Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners include:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for nurse practitioners is $113,980.
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Each Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can be done in as little as two years. There are additional options available for several programs that allow students to take these programs at a slower pace. Although these options extend the length of the selected program, they often make it a more feasible option for the student.
The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is a part-time program built to be completed in as little as four semesters, or one year and four months. The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has no set time frame due to the extremely customizable nature of the curriculum.
Yes. The vast majority of our students work throughout their time in their academic program. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and working.
If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
Most of our programs do not require onsite visits, but there are a couple of exceptions.
If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Midwifery, you will have two skills intensives that take place on campus. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has one onsite visit that occurs during the first semester of psych-specific classes.
The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.
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