School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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An Adult-Gerontology 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-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners in a variety of primary healthcare settings in the Savannah and Coastal Atlantic regions.

A total of 43 semester credit hours is required for completion of the Adult-Gerontology 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-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.

Professional License Disclosure

The School of Nursing anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certification as an APRN (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner [depending on which program they completed]) and licensure as an APRN.

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for APRN license visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing ( The School of Nursing has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for certification as an APRN in Georgia and other states as listed on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (

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Accreditation: 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 (

Last updated: 2/20/2020

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