College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island offers a Master of Science degree with an adult-gerontological nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist concentration. Its purpose prepare students to provide primary health care to adults (ages 14+), older individuals, and families in a variety of health care settings. This concentration will prepare nurses to work across system levels (including individual, organizational, and societal) to improve health and health care for this population. Upon completion of either the master’s program or the post-masters certificate option, students will be eligible to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification exams.
The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner curriculum consists of courses totaling 46 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, 32 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.
|Required Nursing Core Courses (14 credits)||Course Code||Credits|
|Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science||NUR 660||4|
|Advanced Methods in Nursing Research I (Qualitative Methods)||NUR 651||3|
|Advanced Methods in Nursing Research II (Quantitative Methods)||NUR 652||3|
|Social and Health Care Policy||HDF 527||3|
|Graduate Study Seminar||NUR 520||1|
|Required Advanced Practice Courses (11 credits)||Course Code||Credits|
|Advanced Adult Physical Assessment||NUR 503||4|
|Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills: Geriatrics||NUR 508||1|
|Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses||NUR 535||3|
|Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing||NUR 582||3|
|Required Concentration Courses (21 credits)||Course Code||Credits|
|Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS I||NUR 561||3|
|Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS I Practicum||NUR 562||3|
|Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS II||NUR 563||3|
|Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS II Practicum||NUR 564||6|
|Directed Advanced Study & Practice||NUR 590||6|
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 nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. 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 adult and of gerontological practice later in the program.
Nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing may pursue advanced preparation in adult-gerontology and clinical nurse specialty. A minimum of 21 credits (NUR 561, 562, 563, 564, and 590) and 500 clinical hours are required.
Prerequisite courses for the certificate program include NUR 503, 508, 535, and 582.
Comparable courses from other institutions may satisfy these requirements.
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.
Part-time and full-time study
Students take 1 or 2, 3 credit courses per semester for part-time and 3 courses for full-time. Students may choose to move through courses in a two-and-one-half to a five-year time frame.
Additional information on tuition and a full breakdown of fees can be located on the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.
A variety of traineeships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to help finance graduate education. More information can be found on the Graduate School Financial Support webpage.
Application deadlines are as follows: October 15th for spring start and February 15th for fall start. Applications are not reviewed until all materials are submitted. The following are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. PLEASE NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Unofficial copies can be uploaded as a PDF into the online application and upon admission official copies will be required. If any courses were transferred as credit towards your baccalaureate degree, please be sure to upload those transcripts as well.
- Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a masters prepared nurse.
- Curriculum vita or resume.
- Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission requirements from other post-secondary nursing programs. PLEASE NOTE: Test scores are not required for post masters certificate applicants.
- 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study).
Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:
- Completed application with all materials
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing
- Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island
- Positive recommendations
- Statement of purpose which reflects graduate level writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing
- Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
- A basic statistics course
- RN applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program