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M.S. Nursing, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization

Nurses are leading the way in primary care today. Not only is there a shortage of primary care providers in the country, but nurses are also receiving more recognition for their importance in providing patient-centered care that is efficient and cost-effective. (Nursejournal.org)

With a predicted 20% increase in demand for nurse practitioners by the year 2022 and median salary ranges above $96,000 depending on the state (Nursejournal.org), becoming an NP provides job stability for advanced practice nurses while enabling you to build on your passion – caring for patients.

Nurses with a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) and active RN license can go to school to become a primary care professional for adolescent through elderly patients.

Nurse Practitioner Program States

American Sentinel currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into any Nurse Practitioner specializations: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. If you do see your state on the list, please fill out this form expressing your interest in the program when it becomes available in your state, and someone will contact you if/when it becomes available.

Important Disclosures

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of American Sentinel coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of American Sentinel University coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

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Nursing Courses
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Clinical Fees
$ 15000
Total Tuition

Why Our MSN Program Works

  • Online courses provide flexibility
  • Clinicals are completed in your area
  • Course length: 8 weeks
  • Dedicated faculty and clinical coordinators
  • Work at your own pace with no mandatory login times
  • One-on-one support:
    MySentinel® Student Support

MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Earning a NP specialization in Adult Primary Care Gerontology will help you to assess, prevent, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions of patients 13 years or older. American Sentinel’s rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of advanced primary care areas:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Complex Concepts of Aging
  • Advanced Role Development and Organizational Leadership

M.S. Nursing, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization
Curriculum

The MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization is 14 courses (42 credit hours) with 540 clinical hours embedded within the courses. Courses are 100% online, and clinical hours can be completed at a facility near the student’s residence and work.

Course Title & Number

Didactic Credits

Clinical Credits

Clinical Hours

Graduate Core

APRN Core

NP Role and Population-Focused

Total Program

30

12

540

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

You Can Afford It

Most American Sentinel students graduate debt free by taking advantage of flexible payment options and 0% financing. Comparing costs for higher education can be tricky. Find everything you need for a total cost comparison here and you’ll see why earning your MSN with American Sentinel offers great value.

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More on the MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, our graduates assume critical roles as primary care providers. Program outcomes:

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care, which synthesizes the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning, to enhance patient, healthcare, and organizational outcomes critical to building quality and safe patient care capacity.
  • Engage in leadership and scholarship activities that fosters collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members.
  • Evaluate the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues, and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services.
  • Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgment, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes.
  • Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes.
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally sensitive policies that impact access, equity, quality, and cost.
  • Employ knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to enhance delivery and quality of healthcare services.
  • Apply sound ethical solutions to complex issues concerning the care of individuals and populations, and systems of care.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care while respecting diverse beliefs and attitudes, and by allowing the patient to be a full partner in the decision-making process.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth and integrity by engaging in life-long learning and commitment to the discipline of advanced practice nursing.

All coursework for the Master of Science Nursing is 100% online and includes Practice Experiences. The Nurse Practitioner Specialization includes 585 clinical hours (45 research hours are not precepted; all additional hours are precepted)

The mission of the MSN program is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Bachelor of science nursing degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or 
  • For nurses educated outside of the US, a comparable degree as determined by an eligible third-party evaluation service

Note: No GRE or other placement test is required for admission

Student Stories

“My MSN specialization really gave me leadership knowledge I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. I am forever grateful to American Sentinel. I had excellent advisors, including Abigail, and a great experience overall.”
Jenny Lucy
Jenny Lucy
MSN,
Nursing
Management
and
Organizational Leadership
Sharon VanDalinda had considered earning her BSN for years but was sparked into action by the Institute of Medicine report recommendation that 80 percent of nurses hold baccalaureate degrees by 2020 – not one to stop when she’s on a roll, Sharon decided to earn her MSN as well.
In 2016, Sybilla finished her BSN classes—and with flying colors, as the recipient of the 2017 Dean’s Award. Now armed with her BSN, she is excited about what the future holds.
Sally Brown beat cancer and earned her BSN at the same time, underlining what an incredible role model she is for her two daughters.