Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

Columbia University School of Nursing's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses to deliver primary healthcare to all persons across the adult lifespan from adolescence (beginning at age 13) through end of life.

Columbia University Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) students are provided with the most innovative, state-of-the-art immersion into advanced practice nursing in order to confidently contribute to the immediate and future healthcare needs of our most rapidly growing and at-risk populations, including adolescent health and geriatric care.

The newly-developed Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program combines Columbia's nationally-recognized curricula from both the Adult and Gerontologic specialty training programs into one enhanced, comprehensive single program of study. Additionally, the value-added focus on adolescent and geriatric healthcare, palliative and end-of-life care, and the integration of primary and mental health care ensures that the Columbia Adult-Gerontology NP graduate will have the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to provide high quality, well-informed, evidenced-base care to the broadest range of patients in any primary care or specialized clinical setting.

Using a well-balanced combination of didactic classroom instruction, experiential clinical seminars, and advanced clinical practica in diverse settings, Columbia's Adult-Gerontology NP students learn how to master and integrate their clinical practice with training in nursing leadership, clinical research, quality improvement, nursing informatics, and health and social policy. These practical and academic foci expertly inform the highest quality of evidenced-based clinical practice; creating not only in-demand expert providers, but also national and international nurse leaders who are forging the future direction of the profession of nursing's increasingly essential role in healthcare delivery.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for licensure and certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in all states in which board certification is required. Columbia's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program graduates meet the requirements for national board certification examinations offered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Content within the curriculum provides knowledge for students to see patients 13 years of age or older. However graduates should be familiar with regulations regarding age restrictions for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners in the state in which they intend to practice. The Program Director for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, ANP-BC.

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Clinical Practice Sites

Clinical practice sites are available throughout the Greater New York City Metropolitan Area, including New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition to general primary care sites like community health centers, academic Nurse Practitioner-run group practices, and private general/internal medicine practices, clinical sites are available for Columbia's Adult-Gerontology NP students to pursue their personal clinical interests in any of a number of specialty clinical services. These may  include specialty practice areas such as : urgent care, cardiology, dermatology, infectious disease, HIV / AIDS, hematology/oncology, neurology, and many others.

Additionally, experiences in a wide range of clinical settings, which can include community and/or tertiary care hospitals, long-term care facilities, structured day health care programs, mobile medical services, and other diverse practices, are encouraged to ensure that a Columbia Adult-Gerontology NP can confidently provide comprehensive health care services across the entire continuum of care.

Admission

Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.

Admission criteria include:

*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).

Curriculum

For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Summer I: 9 Credits
Advanced Physiology 3 Core
Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Fall I: 13 Credits
Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research 3 Core
Advanced Pharmacology 3 Core
Practicum in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan I 1 Specialty
Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Adults I 3 Specialty
Spring I: 9 Credits
Clinical Seminar in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan I 1 Specialty
Practicum in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan II 2 Specialty
Diagnosis and Management of Illness in Adults II 3 Specialty
Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Core
Summer II: 8 Credits
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1 Core
Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1 Core
Clinical Seminar in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan II 1 Specialty
Practicum in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan III 2 Specialty
Diagnosis and Management of Illness Across the Adult Lifespan III 3 Specialty
Fall II: 5 Credits
Clinical Seminar in Primary Care Across the Adult Lifespan III 1 Specialty
Advanced Practicum in Primary Care 4 Specialty
Total Credits 44  

This page was last updated on 7/2013 and is subject to change at any time.

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