Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN

We’ll train you to deliver care that meets patients’ needs, regardless of setting. You’ll be comfortable working in community health clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, Veteran’s Administration facilities, home care, assisted living facilities, long-term care settings, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care.

In many cases, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners follow their patients across care settings, acting as a guardian to protect care quality and patient safety during transitions. These nurses are the backbone of our profession, caring for patients in sickness and in health, and they are in demand today more than ever. We base the program around five core courses, and supplement with three theory and four clinical courses. The clinical courses include classroom case studies and clinical preceptorships that focus on physical assessment and pathophysiology, health maintenance, and the management of common acute and chronic health problems. 


A total of 12 course units are required.

Core Courses
NURS 6070Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology1
NURS 6080Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing Practice1
NURS 6560Professional Role Issues for Nurse Practitioners1
NURS 6570Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making1
NURS 5470Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice 11
or NURS 6370 Introduction to Research Methods and Design
Theory Courses
NURS 6440Health Care in an Aging Society1
NURS 6460Primary Care: Diagnosis and Management of Adults Across the Lifespan1
NURS 6480Primary Care: Complex Diagnosis and Management of Adults across the Lifespan1
Clinical Courses
NURS 6470Primary Care Clncl Practicum: Diagnosis & Mgmt of Adults across the Lifespan1
NURS 6490Primary Care Cln Practicum: Complex Diagnosis & Mgmnt of Adults across the Lifespan1
NURS 6610Clinical Management of Primary Care with Adults1
NURS 6630Advanced Concepts in Primary Care1
Total Course Units12

NURS 5470 is a graduate-level research methods course approved for Penn BSN students only.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.