Program Highlights

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who synthesizes theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states. The focus is on providing primary care to the entire adult-older adult age spectrum and across the continuum of care from wellness to illness. The scope of practice is not setting specific but rather is based on patient care needs.


The settings in which the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner delivers care may include nurse managed and community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, Veteran’s Administration facilities, home care, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, acute and chronic rehabilitation centers, and urgent care departments. In many cases, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners follow their patients across care settings to maintain quality and safety during care transitions. Graduates are eligible for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

  • Students complete a total of 35 credits in either one year or one and a half years of study; opportunities for financial assistance are available.
  • The full time program starts each Fall semester and the part-time program starts each Spring semester. Students are encourage to participate in an online Advanced Practice Preparation (APP) prior to starting classes to prepare for graduate level advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology courses.
  • Classes are taught by the University of Miami’s prestigious faculty who focus on evidence-based and patient-centered practices.
  • Students’ clinical experiences include a variety of community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, Veteran’s Administration facilities, home care, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, acute and chronic rehabilitation centers, and urgent care departments.
  • Students participate in the management of acute and chronic primary health care problems in adult patients, which includes adolescents, young to middle-age adults and older adults age 65 years and older.
  • Program graduates are eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Accreditation

The MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.