Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

Master of science in nursing University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Overview

The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGNP) track prepares students for advanced practice nursing in the primary health care of adults. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services for a wide range of problems from acute, chronic and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are precepted in community or outpatient-based settings. 

The MSN educated nurse practitioner is prepared to enter advanced practice, ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis and management of patient problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice.
 

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in nursing with an emphasis in adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

Campus

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours

46

Estimated cost

$38,012.69

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Nurse talking to an elder patient.

Career prospects

Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States.

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13.64%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$74,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Full-time students may take three courses per semester and finish in two years. Part-time students may take one or two courses per semester and finish in three years.

Course work includes

  • Health promotion, across the lifespan
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Advanced pathophysiology across the lifespan
     

Delivery

Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system

Semester

Typical program length

2-3 years

Typical course load

1-2 courses per semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The MS at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Faculty spotlight

Nancy Willis-Smith

Nancy Willis-Smith has worked with UMKC since 2003. She started in Joplin, MO with the distance program, became the Joplin Site Coordinator in 2010 and became the family nurse practitioner track coordinator in 2016. She is double certified as a family nurse practitioner and a women's health nurse practitioner and received her doctor of nursing practice in 2011. She was awarded the "Award of Excellence" for the state of Missouri by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2006. Willis-Smith practices 2 days a week for Ozark's Community Hospital clinics in Webb City and Carthage, MO.

Nancy Willis-Smith
MSN Program Director

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Nursing and Health Studies