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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. Students will be given an individualized plan of study appropriate for their role by their academic adviser upon enrollment. A post-master's certificate option is available, and an individualized plan of study is developed based upon an evaluation of MSN transcript.

Certification and Licensure

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track, a track leading to certification, satisfies the requirements set forth by the governing body in the State of Mississippi. Completion of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track also qualifies graduates to take the ANCC or AANPCP national certification exams in order to obtain a state advanced practice license as a nurse practitioner. Please be advised that requirements for nursing licensure vary from state to state. UMMC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the licensing requirements of states, territories or entities outside of Mississippi. If you are located (presently living) outside of the state of Mississippi and are interested in this track, please contact admissioncounselor@umc.edu immediately and UMMC will make every effort to make a determination of whether it meets licensure requirements for the state in which you are located.

Additionally, Mississippi is a Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) state. The Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) is an agreement between states that allows nurses to have one license but the ability to practice in other states that are part of the agreement. However, be advised that ultimately reciprocity of a Mississippi nursing or advanced practice nursing license is determined by individual states and entities. For more information related to how nursing reciprocity works, please visit www.ncsbn.org.

For more information

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

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