Curriculum: MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Jan 10, 2020
Feb 03, 2020
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The online MSN AGPC NP program prepares professional nurses to work with patients at many different stages in life. Courses focus on in-depth study of a wide variety of advanced topics including physiology, health assessments and the finance and economics of healthcare.

This accelerated Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner curriculum includes:

  • 44 total credit hours
  • 504 hours of clinicals

The online adult-gerontology nurse practitioner degree program coursework can be completed in six semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam.

Graduates of this program will be eligible for licensure within the state of Ohio. Other states may have restrictions for out-of-state nursing programs and online programs. Students based outside of Ohio should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before enrolling in a nursing program with UC Online.

Accreditation: The AGPC NP master’s degree program and other online graduate nursing degree programs at UC Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

To learn more about our course offerings, review a sample of our curriculum.

Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics and their application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and appraisal of data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course is designed to build upon the student’s pre-existing knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease across the lifespan. The focus of the course is an in-depth consideration of cellular alterations that occur as variations in health patterns across the lifespan. It explores the underlying cellular mechanisms that form the basis for advanced nursing practice to manage the variations in health patterns of patients’ anatomical systems. Contemporary research in genetics, biochemical processes and cellular dysfunction is emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical content in an associated clinical course.

Advanced Health Assessment

Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high-quality health care.

Health Care Policy

This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical and social forces that currently impact decision making in healthcare. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

This course is designed to assist the graduate student in developing knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence-based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms and pathophysiological changes to the patient’s system across the lifespan. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skill through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of the major health problems in the United States. The patient is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family and community environments.

AANP Practicum I

This practicum is the first of three sequential clinical courses for the Adult Nurse Practitioner student. Students focus on history taking and physical examination while incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Screening guidelines across the population are evaluated. The student engages in beginning implementation of the roles inherent in advanced nursing practice.

AANP Practicum II

This practicum is the second of three sequential clinical courses for the Adult Nurse Practitioner student. Students engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and interventions incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is on patient education as an intervention to improve outcomes. The student engages in the implementation of the roles inherent in advanced nursing practice.

AANP Practicum III

This practicum is the third of three sequential clinical courses for the Adult Nurse Practitioner student. Students engage in comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, intervention, management and evaluation of patient care situations incorporating pharmacology and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the performance of the many roles of the advanced practice nurse including collaboration as a peer on the multidisciplinary health care team.

AANP Seminar I

This seminar is the first of three courses that prepares the student for professional roles in advanced nursing practice. It is taken in conjunction with the clinical Practicum I and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases. Emphasis is placed on screening guidelines, history & physical assessment, and the development of the culmination project.

AANP Seminar II

This seminar is the second of three courses that prepares the student for professional roles in advanced nursing practice. It is taken in conjunction with the clinical Practicum II and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases. Emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of patient education tools and the continued development of the culmination project.

AANP Seminar III

This seminar is the last of three courses that prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice. It is taken in conjunction with the clinical practicum and provides an opportunity to discuss clinical cases while demonstrating the ability to apply the didactic material to practice. Emphasis is placed on the professional role and expectations of the new nurse practitioner and completion of the culmination project.

Clinical Management I

This is the first of two non-sequential courses which provide students with the theoretical foundation to assess, diagnose and manage the care of client systems. Students focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of client health in collaboration/consultation with other members of the healthcare team. The role of the advanced practice nurse in developing a therapeutic relationship with the patient is used to demonstrate how culturally competent, age and gender specific and risk stratified care can be provided. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are integrated throughout clinical management. Ethical considerations and role components in advanced nursing practice are addressed within the context of holistic nursing care. Analysis and critique of evidence-based practice serve as the basis for care management decision making. Systems covered include: Pulmonary, Cardiac, Neuro, Endocrine, Psychosocial and Common Problems.

Clinical Management II

This is the second of two non-sequential courses which provide students with the theoretical foundation to assess, diagnose and manage the care of client systems. Students focus on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of client health in collaboration/consultation with other members of the healthcare team. The role of the advanced practice nurse in developing a therapeutic relationship with the patient is used to demonstrate how culturally competent, age and gender specific and risk stratified care can be provided. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are integrated throughout clinical management. Ethical considerations and role components in advanced nursing practice are addressed within the context of holistic nursing care. Analysis and critique of evidence-based practice serve as the basis for care management decision making. Systems covered include: Renal/GU/GYN, GI, Hematology/Oncology, Skin, EENT and Musculoskeletal.

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