Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (NP)

The Adult/Gerontological NP curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to provide primary health care to adolescents/adult/older adults in a variety of health care settings. The nurse practitioner student works with Certified Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician preceptors to assess, diagnose and manage the preventive, episodic, and chronic care needs of the population served in the specialty area.

The 47 credit hour Adult/Gerontological NP curriculum includes the 17 credit hour graduate core nursing courses and the 6 credit hour advanced practice core comprised of Advanced Adult/Gero Assessment w/Practicum and Advanced Clinical Pharmacology. This track includes at minimum of 500 hours of clinical practice to permit the graduate to sit for a national certification examination.  Graduates whose clinical focus and target population is adult health are eligible to sit for certification as an adult NP.  Graduates whose clinical focus and target population is gerontological nursing are eligible to sit for the certification examination as a gerontological NP. Graduates whose clinical focus and target population is adult/gerontological nursing are eligible to sit for the certification examination as a adult/gerontological dual certified NP beginning in 2012.  Successful completions of these national examinations allows the individual to use the title of Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP).

Admission Requirements

Individuals who enroll in the MSN Program must have a current Ohio state license as a registered nurse and a BSN degree with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) from undergraduate work; complete all prerequisites, and complete an interview with the faculty of the track prior to the start of graduate specialty coursework. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of professional nursing experience in an adult or gerontological care setting.

Applicants must request three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can accurately evaluate the applicants clinical skills, experience, and ability to pursue graduate study. Applicants must write a 300 words essay describing their professional goals and purpose for seeking graduate study to become an Adult or Gerontogical NP. 

A post-master's NP certificate program is also available for the Adult or Gerontological CNS

Note: A Family Health Nursing Post-MSN Certificate is available in primary care.  Course plan vary according to experience.