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Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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Overview

This master's specialty offered through the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health was established in 1974. The specialty maintains broad interprofessional support and is currently ranked eighth in the nation. Students are prepared as advanced practice nurses in adult and gerontology care, with expertise in the diagnosis and management of common acute illnesses, disease prevention, and management of stable chronic illnesses across the lifespan.

The curriculum emphasizes coursework, case study analysis, and clinical experiences. Students work with faculty, nurse practitioners, and physician preceptors in a variety of primary care clinical practicum sites including college health services, health maintenance organizations, community clinics, long-term care, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, occupational health settings, and private practices throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.

Graduates of the Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are employed in a variety of clinical settings and independent practices and are eligible for certification as adult and gerontological nurse practitioners by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Web-based courses may be available.

Students admitted to the Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner master's specialty in fall 2013 were the final cohort of students in this specialty whose degree will culminate in the Master of Science. The application deadline for fall 2013 admission was February 1, 2013. Effective with the entering class of fall 2014, this specialty will accept applicants only to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sample Plans of Study

Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 605 Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment (Clinical Hours: 40) 3
NURS 687 Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Older Adult (Clinical Hours: 40) 1
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 4
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
  Semester Total 14
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 777 Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 768 Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan (Clinical Hours: 225) 5
NPHY 614 Physiology of Aging 2
  Semester Total 11
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 788 Complex Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan (Clinical Hours: 180) 4
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
  Semester Total 7
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions
of Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NURS 789 Advanced Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 794 Advanced Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan (Clinical Hours: 225) 5
NURS 795 Clinical Syndrome Management of Older Adults (Clinical Hours: 90) 2
  Semester Total 14
Total Credits 46
Clinical Hours
805

Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Sample Plan of Part-Time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
  Semester Total 6
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 701 Science and Research fpr Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NPHY 614 Physiology of Aging 2
  Semester Total 6
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
  Semester Total 3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions
of Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NURS 605 Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment 
(Lab/Clinical Practicum: 8 hr/week)
3
NURS 687 Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Older Adult
(Clinical Practicum: 40 hr/semester)
1
  Semester Total 7
Fifth Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 777 Diagnosis & Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 768 Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 225 hr/semester)
5
  Semester Total 9
Sixth Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 788 Complex Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 180 hr/semester)
4
  Semester Total 4
Seventh Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 789 Advanced Diagnosis & Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 794 Advanced Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 225 hr/semester)
5
NURS 795 Clinical Syndrome Management of Older Adults
(Clinical Practicum: 90 hr/semester)
2
   Semester Total 11
Total Credits 46

Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Plan of Study

Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NURS 777 Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 768 Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 225 hr/semester)
3-5
  Semester Total 7-9
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Title Credits
NURS 788 Complex Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 180 hr/semester)
1-4
  Semester Total 1-4
Fourth Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 789 Advanced Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan 4
NURS 794 Advanced Clinical Practicum for Adults Across the Lifespan
(Clinical Practicum: 225 hr/semester)
3-5
NURS 795 Clinical Syndrome Management of Older Adults
(Clinical Practicum: 90 hr/semester)
2
  Semester Total 9-11
Total Credits 17-24
The following courses may also be required depending on previous degree and education:
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 3
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NURS 605 Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment
(Lab/Clinical Practicum: 8 hr/week)
3
NURS 687 Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Older Adult
(Clinical Practicum: 40 hr/semester)
1
NURS 659 Organizational & Professional Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
NPHY 614 Physiology of Aging 2

Older Plans of Study

Effective fall 2008, the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner option was combined with the Adult Nurse Practitioner option to respond to trends in the U.S. population. The information below is applicable to those enrolled prior to fall 2008.

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

This master's specialty prepares students to be advanced practice nurses with expertise in diagnosis and management of common illnesses, disease prevention, and management of older adults with acute and chronic illnesses. The curriculum emphasizes coursework and laboratory and clinical experiences. Students work with faculty nurse practitioners and physician preceptors in a variety of clinical practicum sites. Graduates are eligible for certification as gerontological nurse practitioners by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master's options are available.

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

First Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 625 Introduction to Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 605 Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment 3
NURS 634 Advanced Health Assessment of Older Adults 2
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Practice Nursing 4
  Total 15
Second Semester (Spring)
Course Title Credits
NPHY 614 Physiology of Aging 2
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
NURS 636 Clinical Diagnosis and Management of the Older Adult 6
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
  Total 14
Third Semester (Fall)
Course Title Credits
NURS 734 Advanced Diagnosis and Management of the Older Adult 7
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions of
Advanced Nursing Practice
3
  Total 10
Total Credits 39

Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This master's specialty prepares students as advanced practice nurses in adult primary care with expertise in the diagnosis and management of common acute illnesses, disease prevention, and management of stable chronic illnesses. The curriculum emphasizes coursework, case study analysis, and clinical experiences. Students work with faculty, nurse practitioners, and physician preceptors in a variety of primary care clinical practicum sites, including college health services, health maintenance organizations, community clinics, hospital ambulatory care departments, occupational health settings, and private practices throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. Graduates are employed in a variety of clinical settings and independent practices, and are eligible for certification as adult nurse practitioners by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master's options are available.

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NPHY 612 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 605 Comprehensive Adult Health Assessment 3
NURS 701 Science and Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 4
NURS 723 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
  Total 13
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 620 Diagnosis and Management in Adult Primary Care I 4
NURS 619 Clinical Practicum in Primary Care I 5
NPHY 614 Physiology of Aging 2
  Total 11
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NRSG 630 Advanced Primary Care Clinical 3
NURS 622 Systems and Populations in Health Care 3
  Total 6
Fourth Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 659 Organizational and Professional Dimensions
of Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NURS 716 Diagnosis and Management in Adult Primary Care II 4
NURS 717 Clinical Practicum in Primary Care II 3
  Total 10
Total Credits 40

Faculty

Specialty Directors

Margaret Hammersla, MS, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, interim co-specialty director
Email: hammersla@son.umaryland.edu

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor, co-specialty director, and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Endowed Chair in Gerontology
Email: resnick@son.umaryland.edu

Faculty

Rosemarie Brager, PhD, CRNP, assistant professor
Fran Valle, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor
Elizabeth Galik, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant professor
Thomasine Guberski, PhD, CRNP, associate professor
Margaret Hammersla, MS, CNRP, assistant professor
Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor and director, DNP Program
Jane Kapustin, PhD, RN, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, professor and assistant dean, Master's and DNP programs
Laura Koo, MS, RN, CRNP, assistant professor
Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, RN, CRNP, associate professor
Brenda Windemuth, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor

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