Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner provides comprehensive health care to well, at risk, and chronically ill adult clients (aged 13 and up) who are cared for in ambulatory or extended care settings. As a nurse practitioner you are an advanced practice nurse using theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of adults. Potential employment opportunities for graduates can be found in:

  • Collaborative clinical practice
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
  • Specialty practice
  • Community clinic
  • Group clinical practice/HMOs
  • Occupational health
  • Urgent/emergency room
  • Prisons
Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, graduates qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)
AGPCNP Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)
  • Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
  • Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes in Adv Practice Nsg (3 cr)
  • Y552 Health Promotion in Adult Gerontology Primary Care (2 cr)
  • Y560 Primary Care of Adolescents to Older Adults Practicum 1 (3 cr/225 clinical hrs)
  • Y554 Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Gerontology Primary Care (2 cr)
  • Y555 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum II (4 cr/300 clinical hrs)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time plan of study.
  • A limited number of two-year/full-time plans of study may be offered when space allows.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions via Zoom. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes six on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • AGPCNP Courses (20 credits) are hybrid courses that combine online coursework with regularly scheduled in-person class sessions. The number of in-person class sessions varies across courses, with some meeting every other week while others meet only a few times per semester.
  • Clinical placements are arranged for students in the AGPCNP track.
  • All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license. 
  • One year of full-time hospital-based RN experience with adults at the time of application.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application provided it is completed prior to the start of the program.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission into the AGPCNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is February 15, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email no later than April 11, 2022. 
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.