11: School of Graduate Nursing

General Information | M.S. in Nursing | Ph.D. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Philosophy | Characteristics of Graduates | Admission | Academic Regulations
Program Description | Clinical Nurse Specialist | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner | Health System Management | M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree
Post-Master's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | Post-Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Admission | Grades | Nurse Practitioner Program Completion Requirements

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

The 55-credit curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, or women's health nurse practitioners. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, and health policy. In addition, courses in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, family health promotion, nutrition, and advanced health assessment are required of all students in the primary care nurse practitioner tracks. Clinical seminars and a 672-hour clinical preceptorship are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as nurse practitioners in primary care settings. Due to the program's rural, underserved focus, at least one of the three preceptorship rotations occurs outside of Albemarle County. The program may be completed in four semesters and two six-week summer sessions of full-time study. Full-time study is recommended, but part-time study is available. One year of prior relevant experience is required for admission to the primary care nurse practitioner tracks.

A 55-credit curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing combines preparation for advanced practice in a specialty area with the knowledge and skills required of a primary care nurse practitioner. Students in the program complete core courses as described in the previous paragraph, as well as selected courses in an area of clinical specialty. Combined programs are available in community/home health and psychiatric-mental health. The program may be completed in four semesters and two six-week summer sessions of full-time study. Full-time study is encouraged, but part-time study is available. One year of prior relevant clinical experience is required for admission to the combined track.

Following are recommended course sequences for the specific areas of concentration in the Primary Care Nurse Practioner Track.

Primary Care/Family, Women's Health or Pediatric/Nurse Practitioner Track
Fall Semester
GNUR 564 Nutrition in Health Promotion 2
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology/Population Based Assessment 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 582 Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners 3
GNUR 590 Health Policy & Issues 3
GNUR 702 Family Health Promotion 3
GNUR 707 Introduction to Health Informatics 2
Summer Session
GNUR 550 Pharmacology 3
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 568 Primary Care Preceptorship I 2
Fall Semester
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship II 4
GNUR 572 Collaboration Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1
 Elective 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship III 6
GNUR 572 Collaboration Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1


Primary Care/Psychiatric-Mental Health /Nurse Practitioner Track
Fall Semester
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology/Population Based Assessment 3
GNUR 770 Biological Basis of Mental Health/Mental Illness 3
GNUR 771 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Seminar I 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 590 Health Policy & Issues 3
GNUR 702 Family Health Promotion 3
GNUR 773 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
Summer Session
GNUR 550 Pharmacology 3
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 568 Primary Care Preceptorship 2
Fall Semester
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship II 4
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1
GNUR 582 Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship III 6
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1

Primary Care/Community & Home Health/Nurse Practitioner Track
Fall Semester
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology/Population Based Assessment 3
GNUR 700 Community Assessment 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 582 Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners 3
GNUR 590 Health Policy & Issues 3
GNUR 702 Family Health Promotion 3
GNUR 722 Community/Home Health Care Systems 3
Summer Session
GNUR 550 Pharmacology 3
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
GNUR 566 Primary Care Seminar I 3
GNUR 568 Primary Care Preceptorship I 2
Fall Semester
GNUR 567 Primary Care Seminar II 3
GNUR 569 Primary Care Preceptorship II 4
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1
GNUR 721 Care Management in Community/Home Health 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 570 Primary Care Seminar III 3
GNUR 571 Primary Care Preceptorship III 6
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1


Continue to: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
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