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M.S.N. Nurse Practitioner Option

The Nurse Practitioner options enable baccalaureate-prepared nurses to acquire advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in direct care of individuals, families, and aggregate populations in primary and/or acute care settings. On admission, students plan either a part-time or full-time program of study with an assigned adviser to meet the requirements for specialization as one of the following:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

All nursing courses for the NP options are delivered using synchronous videoconference modalities with selected courses delivered using an asynchronous online delivery system.

The primary care NP options are offered at University Park and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and extended to the Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses (based on enrollment).

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option requires two years of acute care hospital experience. This option is offered at the Hershey Medical Center and delivered to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania (based on enrollment).

The program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time study. Graduates are eligible for national certification and state licensure as a family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

The total number of credits required is 41–45.

Degree Requirements

(A) Master’s Program Core (9 credits)

  • NURS 501: Issues in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 510: Theoretical and Scientific Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 512: Nursing Research (3 credits)

(B) Advanced Practice Nursing Courses (9–10 credits)

  • NURS 802: Advanced Health Assessment of Adult Populations (3 credits)
  • NURS 802A: Advanced Health Assessment of Pediatric Populations (FNP, 1 credit)
  • NURS 803: Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 804: Pharmacologic Therapy (3 credits)

(C) Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses (20–23 credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner (23 credits; 675 clinical hours)

  • NURS 870: Nurse Practitioner Role with Healthy Individuals and Families (3 credits)
  • NURS 871: Nurse Practitioner Role with Individuals and Families with Complex and/or Chronic Health Problems (3 credits)
  • NURS 872: Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (3 credits)
  • NURS 873: Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (FNP, 4 credits)
  • NURS 874: Family Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum (6 credits)
  • NURS 875: Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families (2 credits)
  • NURS 876: Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum with Pediatric Populations (2 credits)

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (20 credits; 630 clinical hours)

  • NURS 870: Nurse Practitioner Role with Healthy Individuals and Families (3 credits)
  • NURS 871: Nurse Practitioner Role with Individuals and Families with Complex and/or Chronic Health Problems (3 credits)
  • NURS 872A: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4 credits)
  • NURS 873A: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (4 credits)
  • NURS 874A: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum (6 credits)

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (22 credits; 630 clinical hours)

  • NURS 860: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role I (3 credits)
  • NURS 861: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role II (3 credits)
  • NURS 862: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4 credits)
  • NURS 863: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (4 credits)
  • NURS 864: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum (6 credits)
  • NUR 865: Pharmacology for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (1 credit)
  • NURS 866: Health Assessment of the Adult Gerontology Population in Acute Care (1 credit)

(D) M.S.N. Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • NURS 513: M.S.N. Capstone (3 credits)

For More Information

Please contact: Marsha Freije, M.S.N., graduate adviser, 814-867-5026 or mmf19@psu.edu

Post-Master’s NP Certificate

The Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate program serves students who are seeking additional certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The program of study is individualized and highly variable, dependent on the qualifications and academic credentials of the applicant.