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).
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.
Karen Semmens, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC
A.G.P.C.N.P. Track Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Karen Semmens started her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse on a medical-surgical unit in 1979. She developed a passion for the elderly and focused her attention on long-term care after earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1990. She then pursued her master’s degree and became the first director of nursing for a for-profit psychiatric hospital, where she had the opportunity to assist with building a psychiatric facility from the ground up.
She’s certified as an advanced practice registered nurse and is a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist — one of only two in North Dakota. Professor Semmens shares her advocacy for the elderly with students at the University of North Dakota, where she was the original director of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist program. That program has evolved into the current Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.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.