School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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An Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares advanced practice nurse with the skills necessary to provide primary care to diverse populations of adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

The graduate student has learning experiences in clinical practice settings that facilitate integration and synthesis of theory about health and disease, clinical research, knowledge of advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and disease management, in order to meet healthcare needs of patients and their families. Students have opportunities to be precepted with physicians and experienced adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioners in a variety of primary healthcare settings in the Savannah and Coastal Atlantic regions.

A total of 44 semester credit hours is required for completion of the Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track. The program’s courses prepare students in health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making, and advanced therapeutics. While this is an online program, there will be 2-3 on-campus learning days each semester while enrolled in these clinical specialty courses.

Graduates of this track are eligible to take the ANCC Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.

Why Georgia Southern?

  • Georgia Southern University is nationally recognized as a top 100 nursing program
  • New academic-clinical partnerships: Our partnerships with clinical agencies providing health services allow placement of students for clinical practicum.
  • Qualified preceptors: Our partnerships with professionals in the health field provide clinical supervision as they treat and care for the full range of diagnoses and conditions in team-based care.
  • AACN Accredited: The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • National Recognition. Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree has been recognized among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Nursing Schools rankings. The graduate nursing program has been named one of the top 80 programs in the country under the Health Disciplines category, best programs along with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida to name a few.

Last updated: 10/23/2019

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