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Introduction to the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration
This concentration provides graduates with the advanced skills and knowledge to assume the role of Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on responding to calls from adolescents, adults, and older adults. The unique features of this program are that it is inclusive of care to culturally diverse adolescents, adults, and older adults.
The Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration curriculum requires a total of 43 credit hours (46 credit hours beginning Fall 2012). The program generally follows a part-time format of study. The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice. Attainment of competencies may require more than 600 hours. Placements may occur in health department clinics, private practice offices, home health agencies, community-based health centers, hospitals, long-term care institutions, and other settings providing health care to adolescents, adults, and older adults.
Graduates of the Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Program are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Admission timelines may be found here.
MSN and BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner Applicants: Save the Dates for Fall 2015 Admission Interviews
Individual interviews will be scheduled for select applicants on the following Mondays and Tuesdays in March 2014:
Mondays March 9th, 16th, 23rd 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesdays March 10th, 17th, 24th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Curriculum Plan Changes Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Applicants with an MSN in a NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Master’s Certificate (PMC).
PMC applicants may be considered for a Fall or Spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis. PMC applicants complete the FAU application and submit supplementary application materials to the Student Services instead of NursingCAS.
Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. A minimum of 12 credits are required to earn a PMC from FAU. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.
Second MSN Degree Option
Applicants that have a Master’s degree in concentrations such as Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Administration requiring 30 credits or more to complete required courses in a NP concentration should consider applying for a second Master’s degree. Second MSN degree applicants should complete the 2 step application process (FAU and NursingCAS) by the Feb 15th annual deadline to be considered as part of the Fall NP entry admission cohort. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN degree from FAU.
Once accepted, an analysis will be completed to determine each student’s plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.
Courses Typically Completed in Direct Care Focus Concentrations at FAU*
*(Courses may vary by graduation year)
Sample Plan of Study Plan for 2nd MSN Degree with NP Concentration*
*(Courses may vary by admission year)
A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:
Fee for Lab/Practicum Courses (Beginning Fall Semester 2009)
There is a $150.00/credit fee for all lab and nurse practitioner practicum courses. The purpose of the fee is to cover the higher cost of instruction for these courses due to lower faculty-student ratios, travel for site visits, and increasing use of simulation and standardized patients.
The following courses carry this fee: