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The UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' Master of Science (MS) - Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track prepares you to be an advanced practice nurse who cares for adults throughout their lifespans.

Through online courses and clinical practicums, you will learn how to:
* effectively provide care and services for adults as their needs change throughout their lifetimes.
* provide interventions necessary for health promotion.
* address and manage complex health conditions.
* work effectively within interdisciplinary teams.

You also will gain extensive knowledge in theories of aging and gerontological nursing.

As a graduate of the distance master's degree program, you will be able to:
* integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced adult-gerontology nursing practice.
* demonstrate advanced practice skills in the provision of healthcare for high priority adults throughout their lifespans, which are consistent with the American Nurses Associations Scope and Standards of Practice for advanced practice nurses.
* manage the adult-gerontology population within a complex healthcare delivery system.
* contribute to the development of adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing through evidence-based practice, leadership, policy, and education.
* integrate relationships between social, cultural, political and economic issues and healthcare delivery for adults throughout their lifespans and their families.
* collaborate with interdisciplinary team members in order to provide high quality healthcare to the adult-gerontology population.

To learn more, watch a short online video about the Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track.

Certification Exam
After successful completion of your master's degree, you will be eligible to complete the national American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) or an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS).

You also will be eligible to complete the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam for certification as an AGNP.

Degree Requirements
* Non-Thesis Option = 52 Total Credits
* Thesis Option = 54 Total Credits

Below is a list of the required courses for the Master of Science - Adult-Gerontology Nursing Track. Your advisor will assist you with developing a specific program of study that meets UND's degree requirements.

* Required Core Courses = 48 Credits


NURS 500 - Theories & Concepts in Nursing

The focus of this core course is on analysis of current nursing and related theories and concepts which guide clinical practice, curriculum development, research, and nursing administration.

NURS 502 - Evidence for Practice

This course emphasizes the application of basic research concepts to the building of evidence-based practice in nursing. Advanced competencies are developed in searching and evaluating the literature, examining the merit of different types and levels of evidence, and analyzing the generalizability and implications for clinical practice.

NURS 510 - Advanced Physiology / Pathophysiology I

Normal physiologic functions associated with cellular structure and environment. Physiologic and pathophysiologic functions of the human body and its organ systems, both separately and integrated in whole activities.

NURS 511 - Advanced Physiology / Pathophysiology II

Continuation of NURS 510. Physiologic and pathophysiologic functions of the human body and its organ systems, both separately and integrated in whole activities.

NURS 514 - Essentials in Epidemiology

This course will emphasize the application of the principles of epidemiology as applied to the investigation and prevention of individual and population health problems. Students will evaluate care delivery models and analyze epidemiological data to develop and apply strategies for health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, aggregates, and populations. The core competencies will focus not only on the practice of public health, but also enhance practice for the clinician.

NURS 523 - Health Promotion

Paradigms in health promotion, health detection and disease prevention across the lifespan are used in the synthesis of theory and research-driven primary care interventions. A clinical/laboratory component is included.

NURS 526 - Ethical, Legal, & Health Policy Issues

This course emphasizes health policy issues within the context of legal and ethical concepts. Students will examine and debate health policies in current practice, thus broadening their ability to analyze, implement, and evaluate health policy issues.

NURS 531 - Adult-Gerontology Illness Management I

This is the first of a two-course sequence that focuses on evidenced-based primary care diagnosis and management of common episodic/chronic problems encountered by young adults, adults and older adults and their social network in ambulatory, inpatient, and community settings. Physiological, psychosocial, and pharmacological interventions are integrated into the holistic care that incorporates age-related, cultural, family, and community variations.

NURS 533 - Adult-Gerontology Illness Management II

This is the second of a two-course sequence that focuses on evidenced-based primary care diagnosis and management of common episodic/chronic problems encountered by young adults, adults and older adults and their social network in ambulatory, inpatient, and community settings. Physiological, psychosocial, and pharmacological interventions are integrated into the holistic care that incorporates age-related, cultural, family, and community variations.

NURS 535 - Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care I

Pharmacological agents utilized to treat common acute and chronic health problems are explored in depth. The course focus is on advanced nurse practice roles related to prescription, pharmacological, and therapeutic applications of the drugs.

NURS 539 - Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care II

Pharmacological agents utilized to treat common acute and chronic health problems are explored in depth. The course focus is on advanced nurse practice roles related to prescription, pharmacological, and therapeutic applications of the drugs.

NURS 585 - Advanced Health Assessment

An evidence-based approach will be used to present methodologies for graduate student performance on health histories, developmental assessments. and physical/psychosocial assessments of individuals. Communication and interviewing techniques for advanced nursing practice are applied.

NURS 597 - Advanced Clinical Practicum I-III

This clinical practicum course provides the student with the opportunity to obtain extened clinical experience in the area of specialization. The course focuses on the integration of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice.

* Completion of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option = 2-4 Credits


NURS 997 - Non-Thesis Option: Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.

NURS 998 - Thesis

Prerequisite(s): Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.

* Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) = 2 Credits


NURS 553 - Role Development of the NP

This course emphasizes professional role development of the nurse practitioner. Students will compare and contrast the various roles of the nurse practitioner and evaluate those roles as they relate to the students individual planned area of practice.

* Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) = 2 Credits


NURS 552 - Role Development of the CNS

Students will compare and contrast the various roles of the clinical nurse specialist and evaluate those roles as they relate to their individual area of practice. Concepts of professional development are emphasized.

A maximum of ¼ of the total credits required for the graduate program may be transferred to UND from another regionally accredited program. These credits must be approved by your academic advisor and the UND School of Graduate Studies.


USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


University requirements


Program requirements

* Bachelor's degree in Nursing from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program. * Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 2 years of your undergraduate program.* * Completion of a statistics course (graduate or undergraduate).* * Current RN licensure in the United States. * Minimum of 1 year of experience as an RN (preferred).* * Professional résumé. * Completion of a successful interview. * Satisfactorily complete a background check prior to admission. * Meet current health and immunization requirements of the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines prior to clinical coursework.*If you do not meet these nursing program admission standards, you may be admitted on a provisional basis with continued enrollment contingent on successful completion of prerequisite coursework and/or successful performance in the program. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 76 Technological Requirements Although specific technical requirements may vary by online course or program, the following general technical requirements are required for all online courses. Active E-mail Account Current Operating System: Windows or Macintosh Internet Connection: DSL/Cable (recommended) Note: A wireless or satellite connection should not be used for taking exams/quizzes and is not recommended for "Live" Web classes. Current Internet Browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari Word Processing Software: Microsoft Word (recommended) Additional Free Software Downloads (as necessary) IMPORTANT! For more specific information about technical requirements, refer to the UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT), your course syllabus (available approximately 1 week prior to your course start date), or contact your instructor.
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