This post-master’s certification program is designed to prepare nurses to meet the growing need for advanced practice nursing in the American healthcare system. If you have already earned a master’s degree in nursing and would like to become an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGNP), this certificate will help you enhance your skills to meet the healthcare needs of our aging population. Nurse practitioners provide front-line, primary care for adults in hospitals, community centers, workplaces, clinics, and other organizational settings. In this program, you’ll build on your practical experience with coursework and clinical experiences that will allow you to advance your career in adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing.
North Park University’s School of Nursing has a long tradition and well-regarded reputation for training effective, compassionate caregivers. You’ll study with expert practitioner faculty in face-to-face classes. Our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab will provide you the opportunity to practice on “standardized patients” in a safe, clinical setting and receive immediate feedback from faculty. Your professors and peers will get to know you and work alongside you as you develop the advanced skills you need.
Upon completion of coursework and supervised clinical practice for this certificate, you’ll be prepared to take the nurse practitioner certification exam offered through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
NURS 5020 – Population Based Health Care
NURS 5503 – Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Concepts and Transitions
This course examines epidemiologic and public health principles to analyze needs and plan for care of populations across the lifespan. Social, cultural, environmental, and genetic determinants of health are explored; risk assessment and root causes of illness are examined. Health promotion and educational methods are critiqued and levels of prevention applied in developing programs for at-risk populations. Building on local context, the urban, multicultural, national, and global influences on population health are explored.
NURS 5505 – Advanced Pathophysiology
This course is designed to facilitate student transition into the role of advanced practice nurse. It builds on concepts of role socialization and organizational structure. Professional issues such as credentialing and reimbursement for advanced practice nurses are explored. Health care policy and its impact on advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined.
NURS 5510 – Advanced Pharmacology
This course expands on foundational concepts of pathophysiology, focusing on altered cell, organ, and system function. Recognition, evaluation, and management of common health deviations of individuals across the lifespan are also addressed.
NURS 5515 – Advanced Health Assessment
This course expands on foundational concepts of pharmacology and provides a framework for understanding pharmacotherapeutics. The overall purpose of the course is to prepare advanced practice nurses for safe therapeutic drug selection and prescription for individuals across the lifespan.
NURS 5520 – Health and Wellness Promotion
This course examines the process of health history taking, physical assessment, diagnostic data interpretation, and health assessment recording for individuals across the lifespan. It consists of a 3-hour didactic portion and a 1-hour laboratory component. Students must have completed an undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent prior to registering for this course.
NURS 5530 – Adult Health Management I
This course addresses theories of adult growth and development, principles of health promotion and disease prevention, and introduces related national practice guidelines. Students acquire skills in conducting risk assessments, developing health promotion and risk reduction strategies, and evaluating health promotion activities.
NURS 5535 – Adult Health Management Practicum
The course examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.
NURS 5540 – Adult Health Management II
Students engage in primary care clinical experiences to develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common health alterations experienced by adults across the lifespan. Practicum totals 225 clock hours.
NURS 5610 – Advanced Practice in Gerontologic Nursing I
The course, a continuation of NURS 5530, examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.
NURS 5620 – Advanced Practice Gerontologic Nursing II
This course addresses the principles of health and aging and strategies for advanced assessment of older adults across cultural groups. Common geriatric issues and syndromes are discussed, with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early health care interventions in primary and long- term care settings.
NURS 5625 – Advanced Practice in Gerontologic Nursing II: Practicum
This course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic geriatric illnesses and complex health problems of older adults of diverse cultures, including frail and demented older adults in primary and long-term care settings. The role of the primary care NP with palliative/end-of-life care management is addressed.
NURS 5780 – Adult-Gerontology Residency
Students engage in clinical experiences in primary and long-term care settings to develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of complex health problems experienced by older adults. Students apply health promotion and disease prevention strategies to care of older adults.
NURS 5990 – Capstone Project
This is the culminating course for the nurse practitioner students in the adult/gerontology track. It is a residency. Students engage in clinical experiences to synthesize knowledge and skills gained in previous practicum courses. They assume responsibility for management of individual adult clients from late adolescence through old age. Students will complete and report on a clinical project. Residency totals 270 clock hours.
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an evidence-based practice project with potential dissemination. The project will be presented in both written and oral formats.