MSN Tracks

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Are you interested in earning your master's degree in an ever-growing field, enjoying a large job market and providing compassionate, competent patient care to adults of all ages? Would you like to practice in community and hospital-based primary-care clinics, patients' homes, sub-acute/skilled nursing facilities or long-term care settings? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track at the University of Mississippi is the appropriate track for you.

Online curriculum, large job market

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track's emphasis is on health promotion, illness prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adolescents, young-to-middle age adults and adults age 65 years and older. Graduates are prepared to practice independently and collaboratively with other health-care professionals. This track's clinical component consists of 630 hours of guided experience under the mentorship of an advanced practice nurse or physician. All clinical hours must be completed in the state of Mississippi. Graduates are eligible to take the ANCC or AANPCP national certification exams and obtain a state advanced practice license as a nurse practitioner.

Plans of study and course scheduling

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner courses are online; however, some may require intensives that meet on campus one time per semester.

Flexible plans of study are available and are designed by faculty with individual consideration given to students' goals and geographic locations. Students will be given an individualized plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment, and applicants who already have a nurse practitioner certification in another area will have a shorter plan of study. Post-master's students, who have a family nurse practitioner certification, may receive up to 90 clinical hours in clinical assessment and 180 hours in clinical management of adults. With validation of these 270 clinical hours, the number of clinical hours required is 360.

For more information

For additional general information regarding the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track, you may email or call (601) 815-0124.

For more specific information please contact the individual track director listed on this graduate contacts page.