12: School of Graduate Nursing

General Information | M.S. in Nursing | Post Master's Programs
Ph.D. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Philosophy | Characteristics of Graduates | Admission | Academic Regulations | Program Description
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks | Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Health Systems Management Track | M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program

Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
Psychiatric-Mental Health/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
Community and Home Health/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks

The curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners or pediatric nurse practitioners. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, and health policy. Courses in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, family health promotion, nutrition, and advanced health assessment are also required of all students in the primary care nurse practitioner tracks. Clinical seminars and 672-hour clinical preceptorships are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as nurse practitioners in primary care settings. Due to the programís 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.

The 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 required courses for the specific areas of concentration in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks.

Primary Care/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track (55 credits)
GNUR 550Pharmacology3
GNUR 551Advanced Health Assessment3
GNUR 564Nutrition in Health Promotion2
GNUR 566Primary Care Seminar I3
GNUR 567Primary Care Seminar II3
GNUR 568Primary Care Preceptorship I2
GNUR 569Primary Care Preceptorship II4
GNUR 570Primary Care Seminar III3
GNUR 571Primary Care Preceptorship III6
GNUR 572Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice I1
GNUR 573Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice II1
GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 707Introduction to Health Informatics2
Elective3

Primary Care/Psychiatric-Mental Health/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track (57 credits)
GNUR 550Pharmacology3
GNUR 551Advanced Health Assessment3
GNUR 566Primary Care Seminar I3
GNUR 567Primary Care Seminar II3
GNUR 568Primary Care Preceptorship I2
GNUR 569Primary Care Preceptorship II3
GNUR 570Primary Care Seminar III3
GNUR 571Primary Care Preceptorship III3
GNUR 572Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice I1
GNUR 573Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice II1
GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 770Biological Basis of Mental Health/Mental Illness3
GNUR 771Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Seminar I3
GNUR 773Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing3

Primary Care/Community and Home Health/Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track (57 credits)
GNUR 550Pharmacology3
GNUR 551Advanced Health Assessment3
GNUR 566Primary Care Seminar I3
GNUR 567Primary Care Seminar II3
GNUR 568Primary Care Preceptorship I2
GNUR 569Primary Care Preceptorship II4
GNUR 570Primary Care Seminar III3
GNUR 571Primary Care Preceptorship III6
GNUR 572Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice I1
GNUR 573Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice II1
GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues3
GNUR 700Community Assessment3
GNUR 702Family Health Promotion3
GNUR 721Care Management in Community and Home Health3
GNUR 722Community and Home Health Care Systems3


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