The College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island offers a Master of Science degree with a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner area of emphasis. Its purpose is to educate gerontological nurse practitioners capable of providing primary health care to older individuals and families in a variety of health care settings. This program is fully funded by the HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing.
The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner curriculum consists of courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Of these, 14 credits are in nursing core courses consisting of theories and concepts in nursing practice, research, leadership, and role development. In addition, 28 credits in the area of primary health care and related courses are required. The program culminates with a written comprehensive examination and the submission of a substantial scholarly work involving significant independent study which is referred to as the major paper. This requirement is an extension of work completed from prior coursework in the master's program.
NUR 500 - Theoretical Study of the Phenomena in Nursing (4 credits)
NUR 505 - Nursing Research (3 credits)
NUR 507 - Theories of Practice for Nursing (3 credits)
NUR 510 - Advanced Leadership in the Health Policy Process (3 credits)
NUR 520 - Graduate Study Seminar (1 credit)
NUR 503 - Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills (3 credits)
Expansion of nursing assessment skills, including health history taking and physical, psychological and social assessment skills.
NUR 508 - Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills: Geriatrics (1 credit)
Application of expanded nursing assessment skills to older adults.
NUR 561 - Gerontological Primary Health Care Nursing I (3 credits)
Theoretical knowledge and skills for the development of nursing strategies in analyzing, managing, and preventing health-related problems of older adults.
NUR 562 - Practicum in Gerontological Primary Health Care Nursing I (3 credits)
Clinical application of knowledge and skills of NUR 563.
NUR 563 - Gerontological Primary Health Care Nursing II (3 credits)
A theoretical study for the development of nursing competency in gerontological primary care practice.
NUR 564 - Practicum in Gerontological Primary Health Care Nursing II (6 credits)
Clinical application of theoretical knowledge and skills of NUR 565.
NUR 535 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 credits)
Clinical decision making based on synthesis of in-depth study of pathophysiological phenomena across the life span.
NUR 582 - Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
Integration of pharmacotherapeutic and decision-making theories with human pathophysiology.
NUR 590 - Directed Study and Practice in Advanced Clinical Nursing (3 credits)
In depth study and supervised clinical practice in a specialized area of gerontological nursing.
Clinical practice is available in a variety of settings - hospital clinics, community health centers, health maintenance organizations, long-term care agencies and private offices in both urban and rural settings.
Preceptorship on a one-to-one basis is provided by gerontological nurse practitioners. Students manage a patient caseload with increasing independence as they progress in the program. The practicum experiences are planned with the student, taking into consideration the student's interests, learning needs, and employment plans. The student has the option of focusing on preferred areas of gerontological practice later in the program.
The post-master's certificate option consists of courses totaling 28 credits (NUR 503, 508, 535, 561, 562, 563, 564, 582, 590).
A car is necessary to reach the various clinical practice locations in the cities and rural areas. A local bus service connects the University to most major health service facilities, shopping, and service centers, but the bus routes and schedules may not always be convenient for the graduate student.
Graduate Studies Secretary
Patricia Burbank, D.N.Sc., RN
Director of Graduate Studies