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Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCP)
Women’s Health Nurse Practitione
r (WHNP)
Accreditation
Admission Requirements

Admission Process
Curriculum

Admission Requirements for Post Master's Degree
Course Descriptions

Semester of Course Offerings



Graduate Program Objectives:


    1.    Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing to support advanced nursing  practice and role development.
    2.    Utilize leadership skills to design and implement high quality care in culturally diverse populations.
    3.    Implement healthcare initiatives to affect safety and quality of care to improve health outcomes.
    4.    Integrate scientific evidence, research, clinical judgment, and translational processes as a foundation for advanced practice nursing.
    5.    Utilize current and emerging informatics and healthcare technology to optimize health outcomes in advanced practice nursing.
    6.    Analyze how policies influence financing of healthcare, health outcomes and advanced practice nursing.
    7.    Employ effective communication and collaborative strategies to improve patient and population health outcomes.
    8.    Integrate clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to improve individual and population health.
    9.    Employ advanced practice nursing knowledge and skills in clinical prevention, health promotion, and illness and disease management for diverse populations.
  10.    Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for practice, professional development, and life-long learning. 


Faculty
Professors
:  Earp, Jaibun, K.; Graham, Mary E.
Associate Professors:  Marshall, Janet; Norman, Ruena W.; Onubogu, Uloma
Instructor:  Lawson, Delores

The FAMU School of Nursing offers the Master of Science degree with  emphasis in (1) Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and (2) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) preparation as both on-ground and on-line program.  The master’s program prepares nurses with the knowledge base and practice experiences necessary for advanced practice in primary health care with young, middle age and older adults in primary care, ambulatory, long-term, and community settings as well as women throughout their life span.  The program can be completed in five semesters of full time study.

Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program

 The Adult/ Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program prepares nurses for advanced practice in primary health care with young, middle age and older adults in primary care, ambulatory, long-term, and community settings.  The  AGPCNP program builds upon the base of the FAMU School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Program and the following graduate cores courses: *** NGR 6740 Professional Role Development; NGR 5110 Theories of Nursing; NGR 5810 Research Methodology; NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing; NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults; NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span.

The Aadult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner prevents and minimizes disabilities, promotes functional abilities and promotes death with dignity. In collaboration with other professionals, the  AGPCNP uses, evaluates, and implements research that contributes to knowledge that advances wellness in young, middle age, and older adults.

Courses in the AGPCNP program include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advaced Health Assessment, Primary Care for Adults Across Life Span and APR Synthesis Seminar.  Communication, critical thinking, and research are integrated in courses and clinical interactions.

The graduates of this program are eligible to sit for eitherthe American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Certification Examination  or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) Certification Examination for AGPCP and  apply for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the State of Florida.  Competencies of the graduate of the AGPCNP  include the following [(as modified from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties [NONPF*] and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN**], 2012):
  • Function as primary care providers in the clinical management of young, middle, and older adults in a variety of settings: clinics, private offices, home care, long-term care, and community based clinics.
  • Conduct health, psychosocial and family histories.
  • Perform complete, episodic and functional examinations.
  • Order appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Discriminate between normal aging and pathological findings on the history, physical, and diagnostic tests.
  • Regulate and adjust medications and treatments.
  • Establish coordinated, comprehensive, cost effective plans of care based on cultural/cohort preferences and needs of adults and older adults.
  • Monitor, record and evaluate health outcomes.
  • Initiate regimens for health maintenance and health promotion in a variety of settings.
  • Utilize research methods and findings to enhance the quality of life for young, middle and older adults.
  • Provide basic and advanced cardiac life support.
  • Function independently and interdependently in the coordination of and continuity of health care services to young, middle and older adults.
  • Adhere to professional ethical standards in the clinical management of young, middle and older adults.
  • Implement a conceptual framework for practice in the clinical management of clients.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in peer reviews for professional development.
  • *http://www.nonpf.com/associations/10789/files/NPCoreCompetenciesFinal2012.pdf
    **http://www.aacn.nche.edu/geriatric-nursing/adultgeroprimcareNPcomp.pdf

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s specialty prepares graduates to provide primary care services to women throughout their lifespan. The program focuses on women’s health care that is personalized within a social, cultural and community context. This specialty incorporates evidence-based practice in health promotion, health maintenance, treatment and prevention of women’s health problems.

The graduate of this specialty is eligible to sit for  the National Certification Corporation* (NCC) certification examination as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and can  apply for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the State of Florida. Competencies of the graduate of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner include the following [(as modified from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2012:
  • Establish coordinated, comprehensive, cost effective plans of care based on cultural/cohort preferences and needs of women.
  • Monitor, record and evaluate health outcomes.
  • Initiate regimens for health maintenance and health promotion in a variety of settings.
  • Utilize research methods and findings to enhance the quality of life for women.
  • Function independently and interdependently in the coordination of and continuity of health care services to women.
  • Adhere to professional ethical standards in the clinical management of women.
  • Implement a conceptual framework for practice in the clinical management of clients.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in peer reviews for professional development.
  • Obtain and document relevant health history, including a comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic history, with emphasis on gender-based differences.
  • Perform and document complete system, or symptom-directed physical examinations of women, including obstetric and gynecologic conditions/needs that include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, benign and malignant gynecologic conditions, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, infertility, peri-menopause/menopause/post menopause and other gender-specific conditions.
  • Assess for maternal and fetal well-being, high-risk pregnancies, depression, and pregnancy/postpartum complications.
  • Assess for disease risk factors specific to women.
  • Diagnose common non-gynecologic health problems and other deviations from normal and provide management, education, or referral when appropriate.
  • Identify obstetrical and gynecologic deviations from normal; formulate a diagnosis, collaborate, and/or refer as necessary.
  • Perform and interpret screening and diagnostic procedures, including, but not limited to, pap tests, microscopy, post coital tests, and sexually transmitted infection tests.
  • Perform complete, episodic and functional examinations.
  • Order screening and diagnostic procedures and interpret test results, including, but not limited to, ultrasound, mammography, endometrial biopsies, colposcopy, triple screen, and fetal assessment tests, as well as age appropriate primary care screens.
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions with an emphasis on reproductive/gynecologic health, including, but not limited to, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, infertility, benign and malignant gynecologic conditions, peri-menopause, menopause, post-menopause, and other gender specific conditions.
  • Provide prenatal and postnatal care including, but not limited to, maternal/fetal health, parent/infant relationships, lactation, and parenting skills.
  • Provide management and education for women and men in need of family planning and fertility control.
  • Manage the treatment of sexually transmitted infections for women and their partners.
  • Manage and/or refer for primary care conditions, including, but not limited to, headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and common dermatological conditions. Perform primary care procedures, including but not limited to, pap smears, microscopy, post-coital tests, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, and endometrial biopsies.
  • Prescribe therapies, including medications, considering pregnancy, lactation, sociocultural background, and financial resources.
  • Incorporate cultural preferences, health beliefs and behaviors, and traditional practices into the management plan.
  • Develop patient-appropriate educational materials that address the language and cultural beliefs of the patient.
  • Assess culturally appropriate resources to deliver care to patients from other cultures.
  • Assist patients to access quality care within the dominant culture.
  • Assist patients and families to meet their spiritual needs in the context of health and illness experiences, including referral for pastoral services.
  • Assess the influence of client’s spirituality on her health care behaviors and practices.
  • Incorporate client’s spiritual beliefs in the plan of care appropriately.
  • Respect wishes of patients and families regarding expression of spiritual beliefs.•
    *http://www.nccwebsite.org/resources/docs/2013-whnp-candidate_guide.pdf

Accreditation:

The Master’s Program is accredited by the  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. The School is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
1.    Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a nationally accredited program ( ACEN or CCNE).
2.     Current, valid, unrestricted and unencumbered RN license in the State of Florida or current RN license from the state which the applicant is practicing.
3.     Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree  (If a student has a graduate degree, the GPA requirement can apply to the graduate school GPA).
4.    Graduate Record Examination.
5.    Minimum score of 300 on the Quantitative-Verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination, if the undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0.*
6.    Undergraduate course credits for  Statistics and Health Assessment.
7.    Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor (s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in Adult, Gerontology, Women’s Health or licensed physician (Distance Program students only).
8.    Three professional references.
9.    Documentation of current  physical examination with labs (CBC and urinalysis) and tuberculosis test and/or chest x-ray. A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles,   
       mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var) and Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP) or Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) is required. If certification of immunization is not available, a
       titer is required.
10. Proficiency in use of computers
11. A statement of professional goals (please indicate your  specialty track of interest).
12. Foreign applicants  (TOEFL>550).

**** Requirements after Admission


Requirements After Admission:

The following requirements must be kept current annually (mandated by clinical agencies): 
    1.    Evidence of nurse practitioner student professional liability insurance. 
    2.    CPR certification.
    3.    Documentation of current medical history, physical examination, and tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray.
    4.    Level II Background Check and a lab-controlled drug screen. (Local background check may be required by an agency)*

****Conditional Admission

 
1. Conditional Admission:

Special conditional admission may be granted to applicants who:
 
a.    have a minimum of 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of baccalaureate degree;
b.    attain 3.0 GPA on the first 12 graduate hours taken;
c.    attain 300 on the GRE; or
d.    be admitted under the FAMU Board of Trustees' Policy of 10 percent Exception.



The graduate program offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in clinical specialties of Adult/ Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners  (AGPCNP) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP). The Master’s program prepares nurses with the knowledge base and practice experiences necessary for advanced practice in primary health care with young, middle age and older adults in primary care, ambulatory, long-term, and community settings as well as women throughout their life span.  The curriculum leading to the Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can be completed through full-time or part-time study.  The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study.  Full-time requires a minimum of nine (9) semester hours per semester.  Based upon the FAMU Graduate School Policy, a maximum of five (5) consecutive calendar years, from date of first enrollment, is allowed for completion of all degree requirements.  Students are admitted only in the Fall semester.  Upon admission to the program, the student is assigned a faculty advisor who collaboratively develops an individualized degree plan of study, based on full or part-time status.  The graduate curriculum is based on a Three Core Structure: Graduate Core; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Core; and Population Foci/Role Core (see the Table 1: Graduate Curriculum Core Structure).  


Table 1: Graduate Curriculum Core Structure
  Sem. Hrs.
GRADUATE CORE16
NGR 6740  Professional Role Development1
NGR 5110  Theories in Nursing  2
 NGR 5810  Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice 3
NGR 6891  Health Policy and Nursing2
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span2
 APRN CORE 10
NGR 5141  Advanced Pathophysiology3
NGR 5172  Advanced Pharmacology3
NGR  5003C  Advanced Health Assessment Theory3
 NGR 5003L  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1
 POPULATION FOCI/ROLE CORE 16
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I4
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II (AGPCNP)/ NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory (WHNP) 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II Practicum (AGPCNP)/NGR 6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum (WHNP) 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar2
 42
The credit to clock hour ratio is 1:1 for theory courses and 1:6 for clinical. The total number of semester hours is 42. The total lnumber of clinical clock hours is 675 hours excluding the Advanced Health Assessment Practicum hours. The Graduate Core and APRN Core courses must be completed before progression to Population Foci/Role Core courses (see Table 2: MSN Curriculum Plan).
 
 
Table 2: MSN Curriculum Plan
 
Fall  Sem.Hours
NGR  6740      Professional Role Development 1
NGR  5110      Theories in Nursing 2
NGR  5141      Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR  5172      Advanced Pharmacology
 3
 9
Spring  
NGR  5810     Research Methodology and Evidence-based Practice3
NGR  6891    Health Policy and Nursing 2
NGR  5003C   Advanced Health Assessment  Theory3
NGR  5003L   Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 

 1
  9
Summer 
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults3
 6
Fall  
NGR  6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I 3
NGR  6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I4
NGR  6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span

 2
  9
Spring  
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II (Adult Gerontology Track)/NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory (Women's Health Track) 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II/NGR  6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis
 2
 Total  9
 Total Curriculum  42
  
Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) Program
 

The Florida A&M University School of Nursing Master’s program provides post-master’s certificate (PMC) program for both non-advanced practice nursing (Non-APN) master’s graduates and APN master’s graduates who want to become AGPCNP or WHNP.  Non-APN  graduates are those who hold master’s degree in a non-advance practice nursing role such as nursing education or nursing administration.  APN graduate applicants are those who have master’s degree in nursing with national certification as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or NP in other specialties such as pediatric nurse practitioner or neonatal nurse practitioner (Please see the table 3 and 4 for PMC Admission Requirements and Curriculum).

A.    Non-APN Applicant
A total of five (5) credit hours will be awarded for non-APN master’s graduate applicant and they must complete 37 credits at FAMU.  Table 3 lists PMC Admission Requirements and Curriculum for Non-AP applicant.

B.    APN Applicant
For APN prepared master’s graduate applicants, up to 21 credits may be awarded based on grade and recency of the courses taken.  The courses credited are those taken within the past five of years of admission and grade of B and above.  Table 4 lists PMC Admission Requirements and Curriculum for APN applicant.

Both Non-APN and APN master’s graduate applicants must complete all of the fourth and fifth semester Population Foci/ Role Core courses at FAMU with 675 clinical hours.


Table 3: Post-Master's Certificate (Non-APN Applicant) Admission Requirements Check List

Admission Requirements
 Status Comments
1. Master's degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE)
  
2. Current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) from the state in which the applicant is
    practicing. License is to be kept current during the program.
  
3. Graduate GPA 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the master's degree program.  
4. Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor(s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in    
    Adult, Gerontology, Women’s Health or licensed physician (Distance students only).
  
5. Three Professional References  
6. Current CPR Certification  
7. Documentation of current physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or
    chest X-ray.  A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-
    mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and
    acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required.  If certification of
    immunization is not available, a titer is required.
  
8. Proficiency in use of computers.  
9. Statement of Professional Goals (please indicate your specialty track of interest)  
10. Foreign Applicant (TOEFL>550)  
Items to Complete Before Enrollment (Prior to the Start of Classes)  
 11. Professional NP Liability Insurance  
 12. Level II Background Check and a lab-controlled drug screen. (Local background check may be
       required by an agency.
  
*Items 6, 7, 11 & 12 must be kept current annually.
  
 Courses Waived Based on Earned Master's Degree in Nursing  
 NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing
 2 
 NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice
 3 
Total5 


Courses That Must Be Taken At FAMU*

 NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR 6891 Health Policy and Nursing2
 NGR 6740 Professional Role Development1
 NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

3
 Total9


Advanced Practice Core
 NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment 3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum1
 NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology

3
 Total7

Population Foci: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Track (AGPCNP)

NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6202  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II    3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total21

                                                              OR

Population Foci: Women's Health Track (WHNP)
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory    3
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total21
Total Curriculum42


Table 4: Post-Master's Certificate (APN Applicant) Admission Requirements Check List

Admission Requirements
 Status Comments
1. Master's degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE)
  
2. Current valid, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) from the state in which the applicant is
    practicing. License is to be kept current during the program.
  
3. Evidence of current practice as APN (NP, CRNA, CNM, CNS) or of maintenance of national certification.  
4.Graduate GPA 3.0 or above in all work attempted in the master's degree program.  
5. Identification of qualified available clinical preceptor(s), i.e. nationally certified nurse practitioners in    
    Adult, Gerontology, Women’s Health or licensed physician (Distance students only).
  
6. Three Professional References  
7. Current CPR Certification  
8. Documentation of current physical examination, labs (CBC and urinalysis), and tuberculosis test and/or
    chest X-ray.  A state or military certificate of immunization status documenting immunity for measles-
    mumps-rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HBV), Varicella (Var), and diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and
    acellular pertussis (DTaP) or tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) is required.  If certification of
    immunization is not available, a titer is required.
  
9. Proficiency in use of computers.  
10. Statement of Professional Goals (please indicate your specialty track of interest)  
11. Foreign Applicant (TOEFL>550)  
Items to Complete Before Enrollment (Prior to the Start of Classes)  
 12. Professional NP Liability Insurance  
 13. Level II Background Check and a lab-controlled drug screen. (Local background check may be
       required by an agency.
  
*Items 7, 8, 12 & 13 must be kept current annually.
  
 Courses Waived Based on Earned Master's Degree in Nursing  
 NGR 5110 Theories in Nursing
 2 
 NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice
 3 
Total5 


Courses Credited from Previous Master's Program Based on Grade of >B and Within Five (5) Years
 NGR 5172 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR  6891 Health Policy and Nursing2
NGR 6740 Professional Role Development1
 NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

3
 Total9

Advanced Practice Core
 NGR 5003C Advanced Health Assessment 3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum1
 NGR 5172 Advanced Pharmacology

3
 Total7


Courses That Must Be Taken At FAMU*

Population Foci: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Track (AGPCNP)
 NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Adult Life Span2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I4
NGR 6202  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II    3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II4
 NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar

2
 Total21

                                                              OR

Population Foci: Women's Health Track (WHNP)
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span2
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Theory    3
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 

2
 Total21
Total Curriculum42

Table 5: Graduate Program Part-Time Curriculum Plan

Semester 1 (Fall)
 Credit Hours
NGR 5110  Theories in Nursing 2
NGR 6740  Professional Role Development 1
Semester 2 (Spring) 
NGR 6891  Health Policy and Nursing  2
NGR 5810  Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice 3
Semester 3 (Fall) 
 NGR 5141  Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NGR 5172  Advanced Pharmacology 3
Semester 4 (Spring) 
NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment Theory  3
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1
Semester 5 (Summer) 
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
Semester 6 (Fall) 
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span I 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6291     Special Issues Across the Life Span 2
Semester 7 (Spring) 
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span II 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum II 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 2
OR 
NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory 3
 NGR 6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum II 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 2
Total Curriculum42


Table 6: Graduate Program Post-Master's Certificate (APN Applicant) Curriculum Plan

Semester 1 (Fall)
 Credit Hours
NGR 5172   Advanced Pharmacology3
Semester 2 (Spring) 
NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment Theory 2
NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 11
Semester 3 (Summer) 
 NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults 3
Semester 4 (Fall) - AGPCNP Track
 
NGR 6201 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span I 3
NGR 6201L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum I 4
NGR 6291 Special Issues Across the Life Span 2
Semester 5 (Spring) - AGPCNP Track
 
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span II 3
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults across the Life Span Practicum II4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 2
OR 
Semester 5 (Spring) - WHNP Track 
NGR 6347 Advanced Women's Health Theory 3
 NGR 6347L Advanced Women's Health Practicum II 4
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis Seminar 2
Total Curriculum30



Course Descriptions

NGR 5110  Theories in Nursing 
(2)   This course employs science-based theories and concepts to build the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing practice. It includes the study and critique of mid-range nursing theories and theories from related disciplines. The interrelationships between nursing theory, research, and practice are emphasized. This course also assists the student with integrating nursing science to explain the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena as well as develop a conceptual framework for future practice and research.
NGR  6740 Professional Role Development  (1)  In this course the student will examine organizational and professional challenges experienced by advanced practice nurses as well as the strategies for effective integration and management.  Theoretical frameworks including APRN Consensus Model and issues that influence role behaviors in advanced nursing practice will be examined.  Roles as researcher, leader, consultant and educator will also be included.
NGR 5141  Advanced Pathophysiology  (3)  Pre or co-requisites:    Admission to Master’s of  Nursing  Science Program or special approval. This course focuses on the relationship between physiology and pathology across the lifespan to explain the scientific basis of advanced practice nursing.  Structural and functional changes in cells, tissues and organs that formulate the mechanisms of underlying disease and clinical manifestations are explored as foundations are built for future clinical decision-making in a variety of clinical settings.  The pathogenesis of disease as related to principles of health promotion and disease prevention will contribute to future APRN practice.
NGR 5172  Advanced Pharmacology  (3)   Pre or co-requisites:  NGR 5110,   NGR 6740,  NGR 5141 or special approval.   This course provides a pharmacological base for advanced practice with primary care clients across the adult lifespan. Evidence based clinical management of commonly occurring health problems with selected pharmacologic agents is emphasized. Therapeutic agents are compared and contrasted for indications, efficacy, monitoring parameters, dosing principles, adverse effects, and common drug interactions.  Other topics include client education needs, special population issues, and legal requirements for prescriptive authority.
NGR 5810 Research Methods & Evidence-based Practice  (3)  This course focuses on the process of scientific inquiry and incorporating research evidence into a wide variety of practice settings. Students will gain essential knowledge and skills to collaborate in the research process, to critique and utilize research, and to apply evidence-based concepts to optimize patient outcomes.  Topics include research process and evidence-based practice.
NGR  6891  Health Policy and Nursing  (2)  Pre or co-requisites:    NGR 5110,  NGR 6740,  NGR  5141  or special approval.  This course analyzes the competencies necessary to influence health policy.   By including topics such as economics of health care, health promotion of diverse groups, and cultural sensitivity, students will analyze national and state health policies that affect advanced practice nursing.  Students are introduced to health services research and the role of policy makers to help them envision how they can integrate policy into their own career.
NGR 5003  Advanced Health Assessment  (3)   Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR  5810, NGR 5003L.   This course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills to obtain and complete a comprehensive health history and physical.  Building on previously learned skills and knowledge, students will develop competence in synthesizing assessment data to identify, describe, and communicate normal and abnormal findings across the life span in a written and oral format. A major focus of this course is on the assessment process, clinical reasoning and decision-making for advanced practice nursing in a variety of primary care settings.  This is the first in a sequence of clinical courses, and is pre-requisite to other clinical courses.
NGR 5003L  Advanced Health Assessment Practicum  (1) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6891, NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810,  NGR 5003.  This practicum focuses on history-taking and assessment skills necessary to develop the initial database for patient management by the advanced practice nurse.  Students will practice interpretation of multidimensional assessment and diagnostic information as well as develop competence in identifying normal and abnormal findings.  Emphasis is placed on the proper assessment process and oral/written documentation techniques.  This course requires 90 laboratory/clinical hours. This practicum course is the first in the sequence of clinical courses, and is pre-requisite to other practicum courses.
NGR 6201  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span (3) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6891, NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 5742, NGR 5209,NGR 6201L. This first level nurse practitioner course will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute health problems across the adult lifespan in primary care.  Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included.   It will include application of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers.  Applicable theories, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are integrated to facilitate the student’s transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner.
NGR 6201L  Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I (4)  Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,   NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 6891, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 5742, NGR 5209, NGR 6201 , NGR 6291. This course (taken concurrently with NGR 6201) is a clinical course with emphasis on assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health problems of adults across the lifespan.  Emphasis is placed on integrating the didactic pharmacotherapeutics, psychopathology, and pathophysiology concepts with evidence based APRN clinical practice in a variety of adult primary care settings.  The course stresses the diagnostic and therapeutic role of the nurse practitioner as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. Minimum of 315 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6202 Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span II  (3)  Pre-or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 6201, NGR 6201L, NGR  6291, NGR 5742, NGR 5209. This course emphasizes more advanced conceptual approach to diagnosing and managing complex, multiple, and multiple health problems of adults across the lifespan in a variety of primary care settings. Use of clinical decision-making skills to determine diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that enhance functional activity and reduce unintentional illness/injury of adults are included in the course.  Full integration of previously mastered APRN knowledge and skills are the focus as the nurse practitioner student prepares to function within the legal scope of practice.
NGR 6202L Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum II (4) Pre-requisites or co-requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6740, NGR 5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 6291,  NGR 5742, NGR 5209, NGR 6202. Clinical application of primary care management of young, middle and older age adults. Focus on process of health promotion, risk reduction, restorative intervention protocols in addressing health behaviors of adults and older adults. 330 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 6347 Advanced Women’s Health Management Theory I (3) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6740, NGR 5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 5742, NGR 5209, NGR 6201, NGR 6201L. This course includes the theoretical basis for advanced practice nursing in primary care for women during prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, perimenopausal, menopausal and well-woman life phases. Attention will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute gynecological health problems across the female lifespan in primary care settings.  Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included.   It will include an emphasis on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers. Traditional theories of aging, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are stressed to facilitate the student’s transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner.
NGR 6347L Advanced Women’s Health Practicum I (4) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110, NGR 6740, NGR 5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810, NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 6201, NGR 6201L, NGR  6291, NGR 5742, NGR 5209, NGR 6347.  This clinical course (taken concurrently with NGR 6346) emphasizes application of theoretical basis for advanced practice nursing in primary care for women during prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, perimenopausal, menopausal and well-woman life phases. Attention will focus on critical thinking skills to address common and acute gynecological health problems across the female lifespan in primary care settings.  Diagnostic procedures, differential diagnosis, problem-solving skills, and appropriate selection of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are included.   It will include an emphasis on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation of management plan, and appropriate consultation and referral to other health care providers. Traditional theories of aging, patient education, interpersonal skills, and counseling are stressed to facilitate the student’s transitions to the role of the nurse practitioner. Minimum of 315 hours of clinical practice.
NGR 5742 Role of APN in Health Promiton & Disease Prevention (3) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810,  NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 5209. This course will focus on health promotion and disease prevention trends across the adult lifespan for all population groups.  Screening examinations, vaccination schedules, and other evidence-based health promotion strategies are covered along with techniques that promote cultural sensitivity and address health care disparities.
NGR 5209 Clinical Management of Older Adults (3) Pre or co-requisites: NGR 5110,  NGR 6740,  NGR  5141, NGR 5172, NGR 5810,  NGR 5003, NGR 5003L, NGR 6891, NGR 5742.  This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for clinical management of older adults. Clinical reasoning skills to differentiate normal aspects of aging from abnormal findings associated with disease processes are emphasized.  Clinical settings and geriatric health care settings are explored from the perspective of the advance practice nurse to assist the student with role transition. Minimum of 45 hours of clinical practice. 
NGR 6700 APRN Synthesis (2)  All courses in the curriculum. This course provides content related to the professional experiences and challenges faced by the advanced practice nurse in clinical care, education, management or research.  The health care system factors such as policy, financial, technological, and social dynamics that influence both the patient and providers of health care will be examined.  The emphasis is placed on the transition to and integration of the APRN role by encouraging the development of cultural sensitivity, addressing health care disparities, and examining issues of social justice.