Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Online Nursing Degree



Improve the everyday quality of life for seniors and their families with expert care. The Gerontology track available in our online Master of Nursing program is designed for professional nurses who are dedicated to using their talents to help the elderly live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Learning about the people you serve helps you choose a plan that fits their values and reflects their concerns about illness and recovery. The curriculum is formulated to address the unique challenges of treating older patients in respect to chronic illnesses and interactive prescriptions. Courses structured around a Christian perspective give you the confidence to reach out and connect with your patients and their families, both professionally and spiritually.

Concordia University Wisconsin has been recognized by for its outstanding online MSN program and top ranked program by the US News and World Report.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of health promotion and disease prevention concerns for individuals
  • Working knowledge of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (BNSM)
  • Ability to assess individuals presenting health challenges
  • Insight into common needs and problems presented by clients in primary health-care settings, and the ability to utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Gerontologist

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses

Health Care Policy and Issues (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The student will gain increased understanding of various physiological systems and the pathophysiology of frequently encountered primary care conditions across the lifespan and in special populations. In-depth case analysis of risk factors, pathophysiological changes, and associated clusters of signs and symptoms are investigated. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research as a basis for advanced nursing practice are studied.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
Advanced Health Assessment (MSN 538) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Residency Required -Advanced Health Assessment provides in-depth study of and experience in advanced health assessment. It utilizes a systematic approach that integrates aspects of past nursing courses and learning experiences into the implementation of critical thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning guides this process from factual information, analysis, judgments/decisions to implementation (synthesis) and subsequent evaluation.
Role Transitions for Advanced Practice Nursing (MSN 845) - Credits: 2

Course Description

MSN 845 explores the history of the advanced practice nurse and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing high-value primary health care and their role as community leaders. This course explores the transition of the student from registered nurse to the advanced practice nurse role with topics that include, family-focused care, clinical education, case presentations, clinical placement, professionalism, ethics and reimbursement.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.

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Global Perspectives in Health Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine their own cultural beliefs, biases, and practices while learning about a culture different from their own. Graduate students will explore the opportunities and challenges present in underdeveloped nations and the beliefs, customs, and practices of the people who reside there in order to develop a global perspective of culture. Students may also have an opportunity to provide nursing care in various clinical settings in these countries.
Culturally Congruent Care for Advanced Nursing (MSN 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare advanced nurses in education and practice with strategies for providing culturally congruent nursing care to a multi-cultural society posing diverse beliefs, values and practices that impact the health of individuals, families, and groups. The course integrates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) cultural competencies for master's prepared nurses teaching in academia and working in practice. Theoretical models, cross-cultural communication, culturally competent education, research, resources, assessment tools, and experiences are examined to provide advanced nurses with a rich background for delivering effective culturally congruent information and practice.

Specialization Courses

Advanced Advanced Primary Care Clinical I (MSN 865) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the life span. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice, health promotion and disease prevention as well as illness.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical II (MSN 866) - Credits: 4

Course Description

The focus is to assess individuals presenting with health challenges. Integration of pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and pharmacotherapeutics with prevention as nursing intervention and medical supervision will be undertaken. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of common types of needs/problems presented by clients in primary health care settings and will utilize this knowledge to develop clinical intervention strategies for planning patient care.
Advanced Primary Care Clinical III (MSN 867) - Credits: 4

Course Description

This didactic and clinical course explores symptoms, differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions throughout the adult lifespan. Integration of theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacotherapeutics for the older adult in the outpatient setting will be highlighted. This course emphasizes evidence based practice, health promotion and disease prevention.

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