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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.

If you live in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma or Utah, you may be eligible for the MSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization.

Course Length
Nursing Courses
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

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


NP Role and Population-Focused

Total Program




* 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 
  • Comparable degree as determined by 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
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.