Adult/Gerontology Acute Care + Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Emory Nursing Student Quyen Pham

Specialize in Adult/Gerontology

The dual specialty in Adult Gerontology—primary and acute focus is an accelerated program that combines elements of both our Adult/Gero Acute Care and Adult/Gero Primary Care programs. It is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice through a course of study emphasizing the the primary and acute care needs of patients from age 13 through end of life. This  accelerated program of full time study focusing on complete care of individuals is completed in 4 semesters allowing the student an intense look into transitions of care across multiple health care delivery sites. The program integrates content in advanced health assessment, clinical decision making and diagnosis, advanced pharmacology, and management of acutely and complex chronically ill adults with specialty seminars taught by expert clinicians. All clinical and educational   experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and chronic illness on the patient and family. 

Graduates are prepared to sit for both the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Students are eligible to apply to be a VANAP-GE scholar for the primary care component of this dual specialty. 

Program Length
The four-semester, 57-hour program may only be pursued full time.

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. Students in this program receive a broad exposure to managing the acute, chronic, and complex clinically ill patients and are educated to work as independent practitioners and as members of an interdisciplinary team. 

Clinical Experience
More than 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with physician and nurse practitioner preceptors are required for degree completion. Sites include hospitals and many specialty practices in the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

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 also found positions in research, administration, education, and quality assurance.

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

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

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

2

60

NRSG 576

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

2

30

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

16

 90

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505                           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 519

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management

for the AGACNP I

2

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 668

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

NRSG 671

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner I

3

120

Semester Credit Hours

15

300

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management

for the AGACNP II

2

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

NRSG 669

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

3

120

NRSG 673

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner II

3

120

Semester Credit Hours

13

240

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589

Leadership for Health Professions

2

NRSG 670

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

3        

120 

NRSG 674

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner III

4

180

NRSG 644

Advanced Continence Management

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

Semester Credit Hours

15

300

Total Credit Hours

59

Total Clinical Hours

930

 

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.

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

For questions or information, contact: 
Jennifer Adamski, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Speciality Coordinator
jennifer.adamski@emory.edu
office: 404.727.4102