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Adult-Gerontology Nursing – Overview and Objectives
The Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track prepares nurses for advanced practice as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. Students in the track are prepared to address the complex health care needs of adults throughout the lifespan in our state as well as the nation.
The Master of Science degree course of study is five semesters which includes one summer and can be taken full or part time. Courses are all online however students are expected to come to campus for two -1 week sessions.
Students complete more than 600 hours of clinical experience under the guidance of experienced nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or physicians. Students are expected to spend clinical time in primary, transitional and long term care settings in order to be able to provide high quality care to adults across their lifespan and as their needs change. Students obtain extensive knowledge in theories of aging and gerontological nursing.
Student in the Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track will become skilled and knowledgeable in providing interventions necessary for health promotion, managing complex health conditions, and working effectively with interdisciplinary teams to provide care and services for adults throughout their lifespan.
Students who complete the required program of study are eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) examination for certification as an AGNP or AGCNS or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) examination for certification as an AGNP only.
The Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track objectives build upon the graduate nursing program objectives by expecting that the student will:
- Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced adult-gerontology nursing practice.
- Demonstrate advanced practice nursing skills in the provision of health care for high priority adults throughout their lifespan, consistent with ANA's Scope and Standards of Practice for advance practice nurses.
- Manage the adult-gerontology population within a complex healthcare delivery system.
- Contribute to the development of adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing through evidence- based practice, leadership, policy and education.
- Integrate relationships between social, cultural, political and economic issues and health care delivery for adults throughout their lifespan and their families.
- Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members in order to provide high quality health care to the adult-gerontology population.