James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration

This program prepares graduates to synthesize assessment data in order to diagnose and manage adult patient health and illness needs.   The focus of A/GNP practice is on health promotion and disease prevention and to be a client partner and advocate within the health care delivery system.  Students complete a total of 650 clinical practicum hours in this program, where they apply clinical skills, theories, and research findings to provide clinical care to adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of health care settings. Graduates of the ANP/GNP program are qualified to take the certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)  http://www.aanpcert.org/certs/ or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) http://www.nursecredentialing.org.

All Required Courses


Course Credits
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology 3
NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional 3
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NSG 630 Care Delivery and Coordination I 4
NSG 631 Care Delivery and Coordination II 4
NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly 3
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 1
NSG 671 Practicum I 3
NSG 672 Practicum II 5
NSG 673 Practicum III 5
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment 3
NSG 692 Health Care Policy 3
Total Credit Hours 46

Full Time


Year One (24 credits)
Fall (11 credits)

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 630 Care Delivery and Coordination I (4)
NSG 634 Role of the APN (1)

Spring (13 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 631 Care Delivery and Coordination II (4)
NSG 671 Practicum I (3)
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Year Two (22 credits)
Fall (11 credits)

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly (3)
NSG 672 Practicum II (5)

Spring (13 credits)

NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 673 Practicum III (5)

Part Time


Year One (15 credits)
Fall

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)

Spring

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Year Two (15 credits)
Fall

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 630 Care Delivery& Coordination I (4)
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (1)

Spring

NSG 671 Practicum I (3)
NSG 631 Care Delivery & Coordination (4)

Year Three (16 credits)
Fall

NSG 632 Coordinated Care of the Elderly (3)
NSG 672 Practicum II (5)

Spring

NSG 673 Practicum III (5)
NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)