Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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Overview

The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A/GNP) advanced practice area prepares students as health care providers for individuals age 13 to end of life. The program requires course content in research, professional and clinical cores, and the advanced practice area with a selected focus. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses’ Association (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification examination for Adult Nurse Practitioners (primary care).

In the final semester, students may select an area of clinical practice in which they wish to develop in-depth knowledge and proficiency. Graduates will be skilled in implementing and evaluating interventions across health care settings as well as throughout the trajectories of illness. Nurses are educated for practice that is evidence-based, collaborative, and reflective of an understanding of current health care delivery, as well as, economic, ethical, and professional issues.

Students complete five clinical courses which include a core course in advanced diagnostic reasoning, three clinical courses that emphasize management of common adult health problems and one course that emphasizes the management of complex adult health problems related to a focus area of choice.  Student’s interests and needs guide the selection of clinical placements, papers, presentations, and elective courses. Students can complete the program in four semesters and one intervening summer practicum.

Oncology Focus

The School of Nursing offers a curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner advanced practice area with a specialty focus in Oncology.  This program of study prepares students as health care providers for adults at risk for, or with, cancer. Students receive advanced comprehensive assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills, and knowledge and skills in both the prevention and management of common health issues in adults and in the care of adults at risk for, or with, cancer.

Applicants are admitted to the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner advanced practice area and complete all required coursework including an additional four credits of coursework focused in Oncology.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses’ Association (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification examination for AGPCNP practitioners.  Graduates who complete additional clinical hours in oncology after graduation may also qualify to sit for the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation) exam.

Additional Information
Suggested Plan of Study

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
 

For general information on the School of Nursing and application materials, contact: 

Office of Student Affairs

(919) 966-4260
nursing@unc.edu

 

Updated November 2013