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 and their families from adolescence through end of life. Ranked number 14 in the nation, the program’s courses focus on advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, with strong emphasis on holistic management and life style modification practices of the chronically ill adult. Coursework and clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact disease burden on the patient, the family and society.

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.

VETERANS AFFAIRS ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

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.

SPECIALTY COORDINATOR:
Phyllis P. Wright DNP, MSN, MPH
phyllis.p.wright@emory.edu
Office: 404.727.6417 

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, specialty practices, and extended care locations both within and external to Emory Health Care. 

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.

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
  • $75 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
  • Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers. (The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5).

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**:

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.2 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.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR NURSING APPLICANTS AND ENROLLED STUDENTS

When considering nursing studies the student must evaluate their abilities and skills. To succeed in a nursing degree or postgraduate certificate program, a student must possess certain abilities and skills, deemed essential functions for the care of patients. These abilities and skills, as determined by Emory University nursing faculty, are as follows:

OBSERVATION

Applicants and students enrolled in the nursing program must be able to observe demonstrations and simulations required by the nursing curriculum established by the faculty and be able to participate in such activities with adequate vision and other sensory modalities, including the senses of hearing and smell. A student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

COMMUNICATION

Students must be able to speak intelligibly, and to hear sufficiently to affect an adequate exchange of information with patients, family members, and other health professionals. A student must be able to read and write English effectively in order to fulfill academic requirements, and to maintain accurate clinical records on patient care.

MOTOR

Nursing students are required to possess motor skills sufficient to elicit independent information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other manually based diagnostic procedures. Students should be able to conduct laboratory and diagnostic tests, and carry out physical assessments. Students must possess motor skills required for their scope of practice, as determined by the relevant accrediting organization. The student must also be able to coordinate fine and gross muscular movements to treat patients in emergencies. Emergencies include any circumstance requiring immediate remedy.

INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL, INTEGRATIVE, AND QUANTITATIVE ABILITIES

These abilities include an aptitude for rapid problem solving, the capability to assess and interpret medical files independently and evaluate physical examinations, and to formulate a logical plan of care. Students must possess good judgment in patient assessment and the abilities to incorporate new information, comprehend three-dimensional relationships, and retain and recall pertinent information in a timely fashion. The student must also be prepared to provide in-depth rationale for the plan of care.

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES

Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of his/her intellectual abilities and the use of sound judgment in an appropriate and prompt manner. Students must be able to function effectively under physically taxing workloads, and in times of physical and mental stress. Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the areas enumerated above, applicants and students must also possess any abilities and skills deemed essential for their particular program. These areas of enumerated skills and abilities are the minimum attributes required of applicants for admission to the nursing program and of students who are candidates for graduation.

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is committed to accommodating the needs of students with documented disabilities and will do so to the extent possible without compromising the essential components of the curriculum. For further information, contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion (see The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)): http://equityandinclusion.emory.edu/.

Address any questions or concerns regarding these technical standards to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate/Graduate Education or the specialty coordinator of the graduate program specialty in which the student is enrolled or seeks to apply.

Learn more about Technical Standards in the 2018-2019 Student Handbook.

 

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

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 I

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

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

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

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

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505            

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety    

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

NRSG 644

Advanced Continence Management

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty: AGACNP

2

30

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

30

 

 

 

 

Semester 5 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 517

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I

2

 

NRSG 671

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

8

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 6 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 518

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness II

2

 

NRSG 673

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

240

 

 

 

 

Semester 7 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 674

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner III

5

240

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

240

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

51

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

690

 

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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 Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Fall 2019. 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.

Please visit the MSN Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.