What can you learn from UND’s online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner M.S. program?
Elderly patients are more susceptible to certain diseases and illnesses, such as dementia, diabetes and hypertension, but patients of all ages are at risk of developing life-changing conditions over time. Sometimes these conditions are diagnosed easily, while others can manifest into physical issues, such as depression and substance abuse, making them more challenging to identify.
The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner coursework offered by UND will equip you with the knowledge you need to diagnose, treat and manage chronic and acute conditions. Our online coursework also will teach you how to provide therapeutic interventions or palliative treatments and end-of-life care for patients 13 years old and above.
Focus your studies on:
- Treating people from adolescence through adulthood and into advanced age
- Advocating for illness prevention and health promotion
- Preparing for public health challenges and understanding the best methods for addressing them
By earning your Master of Science degree, you’re eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam administered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board or the American Nurse Credentialing Center.
Outcomes, Objectives & Certification
Graduates earn a Master of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam administered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).
This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in many U.S. States.
Upon completion, you will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge from science, humanities, theory and research into evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
- Utilize knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, health care technologies, and policy to ensure high quality patient care.
- Participate as members and leaders of interprofessional health care teams.
- Apply advanced nursing skills in order to plan, manage and coordinate culturally appropriate health care for patient populations.
Meet Our Faculty
We’re leaders in nursing and would like to help you become one, too. There’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our holistic approach to nursing and health care advocacy techniques with eager nurses like you. Take advantage of our experience — it can help improve your performance as a nurse.
Timothy Legg, Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.N., M.P.A., M.Sc. P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., G.N.P.-B.C.
P.M.H.N.P. Track Director, Interim A.G.P.C.N.P. Track Director, and Clinical Assistant Professor
Timothy J. Legg PhD, PsyD, MSN, MPA, GNP-BC, is Board Certified as both a Gerontological and Psychiatric/Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. He has over 30 years of long-term care experience working with older adults in various capacities, including direct care provider, nurse administrator, and long-term care consultant/ educator.
His career as a gerontological nurse practitioner began over 20 years ago with the VA Medical Center in Wilkes Barre, PA, where he oversaw the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic and served as the only GNP in the nursing home care unit. Before coming to the University of North Dakota, he was principal and consultant of Legg Consulting Services, LLC, a long-term care consulting company specializing in survey corrective action and gerontological nursing education. Through this endeavor, he helped two large health systems in Pennsylvania develop NICHE units (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders).
In 2018, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, appointed Dr. Legg to the state Department of Health’s regulatory revision task force, responsible for updating Pennsylvania’s nursing home regulations. He is also a member and past president of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the National Gerontology Academic and Professional Honor Society. He continues to provide consultative services in geropsychiatric/mental health care.Get to Know Us
You’ve made the decision to earn your advanced degree in nursing, and you’re just a few steps away from completing the application process. Since each online nursing program has its own set of requirements, take some time to review the ones that apply to our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner M.S. program.Review Details
“Choosing UND for my master’s in adult-gerontology has resulted in greater autonomy, more confidence in my practice abilities and an increased salary. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
— Jeremiah Johnson, M.S., R.N.