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MSN – Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track (A/GNP)

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Adult/Geriatric Nurse Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP) Program prepares students to:

  • Provide the full range of services that comprise adult/geriatric health care in diverse settings with a variety of clients/patients
  • Provide clinical and professional leadership
  • Facilitate system improvements

This track prepares nurses to care for young adults to frail elders. A/GNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as:

  • private practices
  • clinics
  • nursing homes
  • long-term care facilities

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 Application Deadline:

  • Fall 2014 Session “B”  application deadline has passed. However, spots may still be available. Contact an admission counselor to inquire.
    • Classes start Oct. 27th
  • Spring Session “A”  Application Deadline – December 1st
    • Classes start January 13th

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PLEASE NOTE: We are not admitting nursing students into the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track Quick Facts

  • 45 credit program
  • Spring, fall and summer sessions
  • $900 per credit hour
  • Eight-Week MSN Core Sessions: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Courses outside of the MSN Core are 16 weeks in length.
  • Gonzaga would prefer a bachelor of science in nursing, but that is not required. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in nursing may need to take some foundational nursing courses before completing master’s-level courses, e.g., statistics, research, and community health nursing.
  • Students living outside of this four-state region (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana) are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.
  • Six Campus Immersions: When online MSN students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.
    • These immersions are two days in length. Students also have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses. Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
    • This is when students participate in the Culminating Observed Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs – a cornerstone for student success. In these structured scenarios, students obtain a focused history and complete a focused exam of a scripted model patient, identify differential diagnoses and the most likely diagnosis, and determine a plan of care based on the most likely diagnosis. The OSCEs are led by practicing faculty who bring real-world scenarios and practical advice to life for the student.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Curriculum & Immersions

MSN Core Courses (15 credits) – courses are 8 weeks in length each

NURS 561 – Information Technology & Data Management (3 cr)
This course explores the many uses of information technology and data management.  The course provides learners with the knowledge and skills in information and healthcare technology needed to enhance communication and interprofessional collaboration in the current healthcare environment. The process of locating, accessing, and analyzing information and data is applied to advanced practice roles, enhancing patient safety, quality and outcomes, and improving population health.

NURS 562 – Theoretical Foundations for Healthcare Improvement (3 cr)
This course provides a theoretical orientation to become change agents in a variety of healthcare settings and diverse practice populations. The course provides learners with a foundation in theories significant to nursing practice such as complex adaptive systems, organizational and change theory, leadership and team-building models, and quality improvement and care models needed to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate a quality improvement project to promote patient-centered care and improve program outcomes.

NURS 563 – Evidence-Based Practice for Quality and Safety (3 cr)
This course provides learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for identifying and critically appraising evidence from qualitative and quantitative research traditions.  The emphasis is on the examination of the essential elements of evidence-based-practice, including the formulation of answerable questions to address quality improvement and safety in a variety of advance practice roles and the systematic search for research evidence that can be used to answer researchable questions.

NURS 564 – Contemporary Healthcare Environment (3 cr)
This course explores the ethical and legal principles of healthcare and their impact on accessible, affordable, and quality care.  This course provides learners with a framework for discussing ethical and legal issues with an emphasis on the ethical delivery of care to individuals, families, and populations.  The scope and standards of advanced nursing roles will be examined along with current issues and policies that address health care disparities, health care organizations, financing, and quality.  Strategies for analyzing and influencing public, professional, and institutional policies related to health care and its delivery will be considered.

NURS 565 – Clinical Prevention for Diverse Populations (3 cr)
The focus of this course is on the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs for diverse groups and populations.  Selected concepts of epidemiology, broad determinants of health, population health, clinical prevention and cultural competence will be examined as they relate to the design and delivery of equitable clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (10 credits)

NURS 523 – Advanced  Pathophysiology (3 cr)
This course seeks to assist learners to understand the cellular pathophysiological basis of disease. The content emphasizes cellular, genetic, and biochemical processes. Pathophysiological and physiological concepts form the basis for critical thinking and decision making when assessing and treating individuals with various disease processes.

NURS 524 – Advanced  Pharmacology (3 cr)
The course is designed to prepare the learner for an advanced practice role with prescriptive authority. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles will be applied to the pharmacotherapeutic treatment of disease. Medications will be studied according to therapeutic categories and drug classes within the framework of organ-based pathophysiologic disease state processes. Emphasis will be placed on the medications that are commonly used (top 200 drugs) in primary care settings with special attention given to evidence-based medication selection, patient education, and medication monitoring. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N

NURS 525 – Psychopharmacology (3 cr) (Optional)

The Psychopharmacology course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students in the practice of prescribing psychiatric medications.  The course reviews the principles and theories of psychopharmacology, the neurochemical communication circuit, and the effects of various psychotropic drugs. The course examines the indications and actions of specific psychotropic medications in the management of the behavioral effect of mental illness. Recommended and required monitoring of medication effects and adverse effects will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 523 N and NURS 524 Y

NURS 600 — Health Assessment: Advanced  Nursing Practice (4 cr)
This course is designed to extend and refine the assessment skills of the Registered Nurse in preparation for an advanced clinical practice role. The student will learn to perform physical, developmental, mental, emotional, cultural, social, and family assessments. Online master’s degree in nursing students will review anatomy and physiology related to each biological system being studied. The course emphasizes in-depth techniques for assessing each body system in individuals throughout the life span. Lectures will focus on the use of a variety of health assessment techniques, including history taking skills, physical assessment, and other diagnostic assessment tools. Application of diagnostic reasoning and patient education to the assessment process will be included in the content. This course incorporates approximately 13 hours of supervised laboratory experience and 60 hours of precepted clinical experience. Laboratory and clinical components of the course focus on helping the student to develop communication, observation, and psychomotor skills and to document history and physical examination findings. Satisfactory progress in the clinical setting is required to pass the course. Two 2-day on-campus immersions required. Prerequisites: NURS 523 and NURS 524

NURS 601 — Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)
This course is the practicum course paired with NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment. The focus is on the practice of advanced assessment skills within a primary care setting. Students must complete 60 clinical hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an NP or MD). Corequisite: NURS 600

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (20 credits) - courses are 16 weeks in length each

NURS 653P — Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I (4 cr)
This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care settings. Emphasis is placed on the NP’s role in performing comprehensive health assessment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis) and treatment, prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education, follow-up, co-management or referral. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 654P — Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II (3 cr)
This course focuses on the role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the clinical management of chronic and complex health problems in adults and elders who present for care in primary care and other settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive health assessment and treatment (including ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests), diagnostic reasoning (differential diagnosis), prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacological interventions, and patient education. The course also emphasizes the NP’s role when referring to other health care professionals, community resources, and interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: NURS 523, NURS 524, NURS 600

NURS 671 — Care of Frail Elder (3 cr)
This course focuses on the clinical management of the elder in primary care. Emphasis is on principles of gerontological care, common syndromes, ethical issues, abuse/neglect, and care options within the long-term care (LTC) continuum. The course includes a clinical application experience in a LTC setting.

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Practicum Courses (10 credits) – courses are 16 weeks in length each

NURS 633P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4 cr)
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric I.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care settings.

NURS 664P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4 cr)
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Primary Care Adult/Geriatric II.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing. Students must complete a minimum 120 clinical clock hours in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the development of skills in caring for the adult/geriatric population with health concerns in primary care and other settings.

NURS 665P — Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric III (2-3 cr)
This course is the clinical course paired with the didactic course Care of the Frail Elder.  It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in a long-term care setting while caring for frail older adults. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinical clock hours (2 credits) in an approved clinical setting while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either a physician or NP).

NURS 683P — Primary Care Practicum Extension (1-3 cr) – may be repeated as many times as needed
This course is an independent clinical course.  It is not paired with a didactic course.   It is designed to allow Nurse Practitioner students to continue to apply concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing in semesters following completion of the NP specialty didactic courses. Students will complete variable clinical clock hours in approved clinical settings while supervised by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant (unless in a state that requires the preceptor to be either an MD or a NP). The focus of this clinical experience is on the continuing development and refinement of skills in caring for any population with health concerns in primary care or other approved settings.

6 Required Immersions (Campus visits)

When students begin their practicum courses, they are required to participate in one on-campus immersion during each of the four practicum courses and two on-campus immersions when taking the Advanced Health Assessment course.

  • These immersions are two days in length.
  • Students also have at least one site visit from clinical faculty during two of the practicum courses.  Additional site visits are arranged as needed.
NURS 600 Advanced Health Assessment: Nursing Practicum Two 2-day on- campus immersions
NURS 663P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 664P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 665P Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric III (2-3) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*
NURS 683P Primary Care Practicum Extension (1-3) One 2-day on- campus immersions and possible site visit by faculty*

*All students will have at least one site visit from a clinical faculty during two or more of the practicum courses.

PLEASE NOTE:  For the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track, we are not admitting nursing students from the following states: AR, AL, DE, MN and NC.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Why Gonzaga Nursing?

  • Pass Rates: Our students consistently achieve pass rates well above national averages.
  • Experience: Our nursing programs have been delivering distance education for more than 30 years. Our faculty is experienced in working with online students and teaching in online platforms.
  • Accreditation: The baccalaureate and  master’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 877-6791.  An accreditation site visit for review of the DNP Program is scheduled for Fall 2014.
  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible:You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or Skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.
  • Systems Thinking: Graduates of Gonzaga’s DNP Program are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective interprofessional collaboration.
  • The “Master Key”: An online nursing degree from Gonzaga University opens doors. It is that simple. The advantage that comes with a degree from a well-respected, Jesuit university with over 125 years of rich history is substantial. Gonzaga has earned a reputation among employers as delivering graduates who bring great value to their organizations. We like to think of our advanced degrees as “master keys” suited to unlock any door facing our graduates. You will discover new ways of thinking and new ways to do the kind of work you want and are called to do.