Adult Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Program Length

2-5 Years

Program Information


Active RN Licensure
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Program Overview

The Adult-Gerontology: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is prepared to assess and manage the full continuum of primary care services to individuals from adolescence to older adulthood.  The core knowledge provided in the specialty coursework is based on the full spectrum of wellness and health, as well as episodic and chronic health care needs.  Adult-Gerontology: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner graduates are well-prepared to provide care in a wide variety of outpatient settings, including private practices, public clinics, home-based primary and specialty care practices, hospital-based outpatient clinics, and specialty practices.

The Adult-Gerontology: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Plan A) program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program in its entirety have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.

Application Process & Deadlines

Decisions are made on a rolling basis

OCTOBER 15 - Spring Term
FEBRUARY 15 - Summer Term
JUNE 1 - Fall Term

Application Instructions


There are 12 courses/36 credits for all Jefferson NP tracks. Eight (8) courses are taken 100% online. The four (4) remaining courses below with an asterisk (*) have some face-to-face requirements.   All students at minimum must be present for the midterm and final for Physical Assessment along with potentially three visits per semester for the three (3) clinical courses. Course descriptions can be found in the College of Nursing Handbook. Clinical placements are a joint responsibility of both the student and faculty member. Jefferson sees clinical placement as a partnership and wants to work with students to find the best situation.  Students are required to complete at minimum 16 hours a week during the three (3) clinical courses. At the completion of the program students earn 672 clinical hours.  All accepted students are required to attend a one day orientation on campus before the program begins.

Most Jefferson students work full time while enrolling part time in MSN coursework.  Students are only eligible for federal aid when enrolling in two classes per term. Below is the average length of time for program completion:

24 Month  - Two (2) classes per term

36 Month - Combination of one (1) or two (2) classes per term

48 Month - One (1) class per term

Students can take more than two (2) classes per term.  All students will create an individual plan of study at new student orientation before the term begins.

Transfer Credits:  A maximum of six (6) MSN semester credits may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution.  Only once an applicant has been admitted to Jefferson will previous credits will be evaluated by the Chair of Graduate Nursing programs.  

Course Credits
NU 602 Health Policy, Legal & Ethical Dimensions of Practice 3
NU 603 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice I 3
NU 604 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice II 3
NU 605 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NU 625 Epidemiology for the Health Professions 3
NU 672 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Credits 18

The following courses are in addition to the Graduate Nursing Core Curriculum.

Courses Credits
NU 560 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NU 570 Pathophysiology of Human Disease 3
NU 630 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Making for Adult Advanced Practice Nurse II 3
NU 673 Comprehensive Assessment for Clinical Decision Making 3
NU 674 Management of Common Health Problems in Primary Care 3
NU 676 Management of the Adult and Older Adult in Ambulatory Care 3
Total Credits  18