Adult­-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-­gerontology NPs provide comprehensive care, including wellness and acute and chronic illness care to patients from late­ adolescence through adulthood to the elderly. They emphasize health promotion, disease prevention and comprehensive gerontological assessment. They practice in a wide variety of locations that include hospitals, urgent and primary care settings, community clinics, long­term care facilities and private practice.

The adult-­gero NP major requires 41 hours of coursework, plus about 600 hours of clinicals. The coursework is usually completed within 18 months (four semesters) for full-­time students, and courses are offered in a distance-friendly format.

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Curriculum for Classes Starting Fall 2015

First Year

Professional Development Core (6 courses)

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems 3

Scientific Inquiry Core (3 courses)

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 425 Inquiry II The Research Process 3
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidence Based Nursing Practice 2

* For Nurse Practitioner majors. Other majors differ in their major­specific core requirement.

Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion Across the Life Span 2
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice 1
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 432 Common + Acute Health Problems of the Adult and Older Adult 5
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 14

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 449 Primary Care of Older Adults 4
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
  Total 6

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 434 Advanced Management in Adult and Older Adult Primary Care 5
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
  Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems 3
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 41


NOTE: The above curriculum is full­ time; part­-time plans also are available. The Advanced Practice Core courses are co­requisites or prerequisites for the clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

Sample Full-­Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

First Year

Fall Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
NUNP 410 Health Promotion Across the Life Span 2
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 432 Common + Acute Health Problems of the Adult and Older Adult 5
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice 1
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 14

Summer Semester I

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 449 Primary Care of Older Adults 4
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 6
  Total 7

Second Year

Fall Semester II

Course IDCourse TitleCredits
NUNP 434 Advanced Management in Adult and Older Adult Primary Care 5
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice Role Development. 1
  Total 9

Accumulated Total Hours: 41


MSN Program Contacts

Program Director:

Latina Brooks, PhD, CNP
Assistant Professor
216.368.1196
lmb3@case.edu

Department Assistant:

Anne Watson
216.368.8858
acw@case.edu

Office of Admissions

Kristi Lehmer, Director
216.368.2529
admissionsfpb@case.edu


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