In the Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
track, we prepare nurse practitioners
with extensive clinical practice and role preparation for advanced practice in geriatric
primary care. Students work with physicians and nurse practitioner
preceptors, and are given access to a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings.
Our core courses prepare you with the foundational knowledge required of all graduate students. Our clinical courses enable you to build on your existing clinical skills, broaden your knowledge base related to geriatric primary care, and gain the knowledge and skills essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings. We place our students with preceptors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the clinical practice experience. Our graduates are highly respected for their knowledge and expertise and are employed in primary care settings across the country.
At the completion of this track, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in delivering safe, effective quality care to geriatric clients in primary care.
- Demonstrate competence in managing the health/illness status of geriatric clients in primary care.
- Manage and negotiate within the health care delivery system on behalf of geriatric clients in primary care.
- Monitor and ensure quality health care for geriatric clients in primary care.
- Incorporate an understanding of trends in aging in planning and providing primary health care for clients.
- Demonstrate leadership and competence in implementing the role of the primary care nurse practitioner
- Engage in counseling, communication, collaboration and teaching in a manner that reflects caring, advocacy, ethics and professional standards.
- Conceptualize one's individual role as a primary care nurse practitioner and one's personal philosophy of primary care practice.