• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    53
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

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 healthcare 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.

Course Delivery: On campus residencies are required during the online programs. Online coursework may require scheduled online class times. These dates are scheduled in advance and communicated on the schedule for the semester. Faculty will provide more information prior to each scheduled on-campus residency which occurs during your clinical coursework.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. BSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  2. The GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree).
  3. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  4. The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying).
  5. Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B and a free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
  6. Personal interviews are required.
  7. Students are required to come to campus for a residency each semester during their clinical courses. Faculty and advisors communicate campus dates early so students can plan their schedules.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • 5549RPharmaco-kin/-dynamics: App for Grad Nurses1 Credit

    This course builds on prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Drug classes are reviewed in preparation for advanced clinical judgment. The principles for decision-making about drug selection, use and monitoring are explored. General principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed. Pertinent patient education concerning select pharmacotherapeutics agents is reviewed.

  • NURSE 5526Health Promotion, Across the Lifespan3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide students with a strong knowledge base related to concepts of health promotion and health protection for clients across the life span. Clients are conceptualized as individuals, families and populations. An application of various developmental theories for the child, adult, older adult and family will provide the basis to individualize health-care needs for various age and family groups. Core concepts for the course include: theories of health and health promotion and protection, reasoned action, health belief model, epidemiology, disease and injury prevention, health education, growth and development, nutrition, and family systems theory.

  • NURSE 5527Cultural Diversity & Values3 Credits

    This course explores how each individual’s life context (social, political, historical, and economic) and culture construct their individual’s values, beliefs and behaviors. Applying multi-disciplinary concepts and theory, the course expands students’ basic knowledge of cultural diversity, approaches to culture and cultural competency, values and ethics, theories of moral development, cultural assessment skills, and ethical decision-making models for clinical practice. Ethical dilemmas created by differing cultural values and the role of health professionals in leading ethical decision-making are explored. Core concepts for the course include: cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill, cultural encounter, values clarification, and ethical analysis.

  • NURSE 5528Healthcare Policy & Advocacy3 Credits

    This course is designed to focus on the integral relationship between health care policy and advocacy. Content will include principles and processes related to U.S. health policy and politics in relation to the overall system and issues of cost, quality and access; interrelationships between policy, political trends, and quality of care and access at the point of service; elimination of health care disparities, ethical and obligatory values related to the role of the health care professional.

  • NURSE 5529Ethics in Practice and Research Course3 Credits

    Advanced nursing practice, ethics, and research are intricately connected. This course is designed to explore the content necessary to apply ethical principles to complex issues encountered in advanced nursing practice. Essential ethical principles include assuring the common good through the continual presence of respect for human dignity, autonomy, beneficence, and distributive justice, as those apply to the integration of advanced practice and research. Graduate prepared nurses are responsible for impacting individual care, the care of populations, and environmental health, therefore advocacy for social justice and ethical health care policy are also discussed.

  • NURSE 5544Advanced Health Assessment Skills (45 lab hours)2 Credits

    This course provides a systematic approach to collection and documentation of advanced health/physical assessment, including the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiological changes, psychosocial and cultural variations of the patient. The assessment should be conducted within the context of the family and community, incorporating cultural and developmental variations, and the needs of the patient. The course consists of one hour of didactic/discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5547Diag. Reasng/Adv. Assmt (45 lab hours)3 Credits

    This course emphasizes utilization of advanced health/physical assessment skills, interpretation of diagnostic testing and lab values, validation, documentation and analysis of findings through diagnostic reasoning to develop and process differential diagnosis. The course consists of two hours of didactic/ discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 contact hours).

  • NURSE 5548Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3 Credits

    Advanced pathophysiology is the study of the alterations of normal physiological functioning in cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems. These alterations form the basis for understanding a variety of pathophysiological conditions and the manifestations and impact of abnormal physiological functioning on clients across the life-span. Advanced pathophysiology deals with both generalized processes and major organ system dysfunctions. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion per week and individual self study.

  • NURSE 5549Pharmacology for Adv. Nursing Practice3 Credits

    This is a course in clinical pharmacotherapeutics that builds on prior knowledge of drug classification, actions, interactions and adverse drug reactions. The major focus of the course is the pharmacotherapeutic prescribing of medications for primary health care management across the life span by advanced practice nurses. The Missouri laws for advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority will be addressed. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion/in-class clinical module work per week.

  • NURSE 5550Theoretical Foundations3 Credits

    This course focuses on critical analysis of theory and the utilization of various levels of nursing and related theories as a base for nursing at the graduate level. It further examines the inter-relationship of theory, research and practice in the development of a scientific body of nursing knowledge. The student will analyze methods by which knowledge is gained and validated. Students will synthesize several different theories from which to form the basis of their practice. Relationships of theory, practice and research will be discussed.

  • NURSE 5555Nursing Research3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare graduate nursing students to utilize research findings in order to provide high quality health care and improve nursing practice. This knowledge includes fundamentals of research methods, procedures for the evaluation of research and the application of research findings to clinical practice and organizational decision making.

  • NURSE 5564Primary Care of xxx Clinical I (165 clinical hours)5 Credits
  • NURSE 5566Primary Care of xxx Clinical II (165 clinical hours)5 Credits
  • NURSE 5572Adv Nrsing Practice: Synthesis Practicum (330 clinical hours)5 Credits

    This course is a concentrated, experiential, supervised clinical opportunity to function in an advanced practice nursing role. The focus of this intensive clinical practicum is on the synthesis and application of previous theory and clinical courses under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be expected to apply advanced clinical decision making skills and evidence based practice guidelines to the assessment, management, and evaluation of complex healthcare problems. Core concepts include advanced nursing practice, functional role responsibilities, ethical, legal and health policy issues, and activities with the emphasis on their relationship to patient outcomes. The patient systems for this experience include individuals and families within the context of community. Students will obtain a minimum of 330 hours of clinical/conferences (4 credit hours) and one credit hour of didactic content for the semester.

  • NURSE 5598Directed Research or N5556 Program Evaluation3 Credits

    Individual research project for students to utilize beginning research skills in designing and conducting independent studies under the direction of the faculty.

  • NURSE 5601Clinical Institute I (see website for dates)1 Credit

    This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a graduate student. Students utilize theory, evidence based practice/research, and clinical expertise to become expert practitioners in their population foci. Content includes relevant UMKC policies and procedures, technology utilization to conduct library literature searches, access to course content on electronic platforms, and planning for success in graduate school. The literature review search progresses to application of the content, through written and verbal communication. Techniques building on critical thinking skills to start clinical diagnostic reasoning skills are introduced along with graduate school expectations and outcomes.

  • NURSE 5637Healthcare Outcomes and Epidemiology3 Credits

    This course is an application of basic epidemiologic principles. This course provides the foundation for assessment and evaluation of health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems. Concepts introduced include fundamentals of epidemiology, determinants of health, screening, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance. The course includes content on descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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