M.S. in Nursing-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Play a pivotal role in caring for older adults with an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree

Patients of all ages, including those 65+, deserve the kind of healthcare excellence that comes only from compassionate, caring professionals who are equipped to deliver evidence-based solutions. If you’re drawn to helping older adults and want to specialize in their care, as well as those with chronic comorbidities, let Franklin’s M.S in Nursing-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGPCNP) degree put you on that path.

Program Overview

Earn the qualifications you need to work with a growing population that needs nurse practitioners with a specialization in gerontology. Franklin’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) offers RNs the opportunity to further develop their professional skills by becoming an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). With a flexible program designed for busy, working nurses, Franklin’s MSN-AGPCNP degree program fully prepares you to ensure healthcare delivery excellence for patients in adolescence through adulthood.

The master's degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Program Outcomes

  1. Synthesize theories and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to develop a theoretical basis to guide practice in an advanced nursing role.

  2. Apply leadership skills and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care in diverse settings.

  3. Provide leadership across the care continuum in diverse settings to promote high quality, safe, effective patient centered care.

  4. Appraise, use, and participate in the extension of nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry.

  5. Integrate current and emerging technologies into professional practice.

  6. Demonstrate responsive leadership, collaboration, and management to influence the advancement of nursing practice and the profession of nursing and to influence health policy.

  7. Employ collaborative strategies and effective communication to advocate for the role of the professional nurse as a member and leader of interprofessional teams.

  8. Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts to provide holistic, comprehensive nursing care for individual, families, and aggregates.

  9. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences and integrate this knowledge into practice.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Major Area Required
NURS 612 - Role of the Master's Prepared Nurse (3)

This course assesses the various roles of the master's prepared nurse. The influence of the health care delivery systems, health care policy, diversity, ethics, quality, safety, theory, evidence based practice, and information systems on the role of the master's prepared nurse will be explored.

NURS 644 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on the functional status of patients. Students will focus on the essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research serve as a basis for applying content to population groups. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 646 - Advanced Physical Assessment (3)

This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for advanced professional nursing roles. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness, the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health record keeping is included. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 648 - Advanced Pharmacology (3)

This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used in the management of health problems encountered in primary care. Emphasis is placed on theories and principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics, which provide a foundation for critical thinking, and the application of research finding. The focus on pharmacology is aimed at the treatment of acute and chronic health problems in populations over the life span. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 693 - Evidence Based Practice & Quality Improv (3)

This course is designed to expand on the nursing research process. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating nursing research studies, understanding the importance of utilizing research for evidence-based practice, and developing ideas for a research proposal to be used in the workplace. A review of quantitative and qualitative statistics appropriate to a graduate level research proposal is included. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize relevant resources in the process of development of individual proposals for the capstone thesis/project experience. With the assistance of the faculty, students will choose topics, write an outline for a manuscript, and then explore the process for submitting this manuscript to an appropriate professional journal. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 698 - Diagnostic Methods for the Nurse Practitioner (2)

This course will provide students with content regarding common diagnostic tests applicable to APN practice, the rationale for these tests, expected results and common abnormal results. Topics include selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, procedures for collecting specimens, analyzing selected tests and evaluating results.

NURS 700 - Foundations of Nurse Practition Practice (3)

This course introduces the practice of primary health care. Principles of safety, quality, and the art of diagnosis and treatment, population health, cultural competency, oral and written communication, and billing and coding. This course has a required basic office procedure skills and assessment lab of 16 hours.

NURS 701 - Primary Care I (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where the students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 702 - Primary Care II (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; used a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 710 - Management of the Geriatric Population (4)

This course focuses on the health care concepts specific to the application of assessment and management of physical and mental health with special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, disease detection, and chronic disease management for the geriatric population. Students will advance understanding of aging, age-related changes, palliative and end-of-life care. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 791 - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Capstone (4)

This course focuses on transitioning from student role to the advanced practice registered nurse working in a variety of settings with an emphasis in adolescent through geriatric emergent/urgent care, acute and chronic pain management and topics related to licensure and certification. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 705 - Adult-Gero Primary Care NP Cert Prep (1)

This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the national certification exam. Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices, the application of critical thinking, health promotion, disease prevention, and management of care of individuals with chronic health needs.

HCM 752 - Health Policy (4)

This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.