Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner




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The Adult/Gerontology NP Program at a Glance

  • Admit Terms: Summer and Fall (MSN and Post-Master's) and Spring (Post-Master's only)
  • Credit Requirement: 41 credits (MSN)
  • Enrollment Mode: Hybrid/Blend (some courses online, others on-campus)
  • Enrollment Level: Full-time and Part-time study available

The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner option prepares graduates to care for adults from adolescence throughout the lifespan. A holistic and multidisciplinary approach to care focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management. A systems approach also is used to assess, diagnose, and manage common episodic and chronic health problems in adults.

The UTHealth School of Nursing is ranked as the highest graduate nursing program in Texas; and among the top 5% in the country, according to US News and World Report.

The Curriculum

The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care program offers courses online and in the classroom to provide students with a flexible schedule. This hybrid format allows students to work and go to school. It also provides critical in-classroom experiences that provide networking time with colleagues, as well as access to notable speakers and leaders located within and around the Texas Medical Center.

The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care MSN consists of 41 credits and includes 600 precepted clinical hours. Clinical hours are co-managed and arranged between the faculty and student. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Corporation.

Curriculum Plans

Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 - Fall
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Semester 2 - Spring
N6304 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6304 B Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 2
N6103 W Informatics and Healthcare Technologies  3
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
Semester 3 - Summer
N6305 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6305B Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 2
N6101 Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for Advance Nursing Practice 3
N5506 W Statistics in Nursing 2
Semester 4 - Fall
N6741 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 6
N6807 Evidence-based Practice 3
OR
N6105 Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Course # Course Title Hours
Advanced Practice Core
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
Clinical Focus
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6304 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6304 B Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 2
N6305 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6305 B Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 2
Role Seminar/Preceptorship
N6741 Advanced Clinical Practice: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Preceptorship 5

Note: 1 semester hour of credit is earned for:

  • 4 clock hours per week of clinical experience,

  • 1 clock hour per week of lecture, or

  • 2 clock hours per week of seminar.

Consult individual course descriptions in the catalog for details on clinical, lecture, and seminar hours and prerequisite or corequisite requirements.

Student Support

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor at the time of admission to the program. The student and the academic advisor will complete a degree plan to specify which courses will be taken to complete the degree requirements. Degree plan policy and procedures may be found in MSN Program Policy G5320 (pdf).

Additional details on preceptorships are available for review in the Preceptor Guidelines (pdf). This document provides an outline of criteria for selection of preceptors and clinical sites, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, faculty, and clinical site in the precepted clinical experience.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to graduate education through the offering of merit- and need-based scholarships and grants. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle. For more information, please visit the scholarship information page on the website.

The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reserve the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Track Directors

Susan D Ruppert, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, FNAP, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN

Coordinator, Master of Science in Nursing Program (Email)