2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
    Apr 22, 2019  
2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


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The advanced practice registered nurse role in the healthcare system is becoming increasingly critical—and specialized—as the healthcare industry undergoes myriad changes. Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AGNPs) are advanced practice nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and who have advanced clinical training. AGNPs are trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of health issues among adult patients, ages 18 years and older. This specialization explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration. Students have the opportunity to explore current health topics through a curriculum developed in collaboration with experts who serve in leading healthcare systems and institutions. Courses are rooted in evidence-based practice so that students can gain knowledge in providing quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care.

This specialization can prepare students to make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role. Students can gain responsibility in their current role or prepare to advance their career. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist students in meeting their practicum requirements. Graduates can pursue national adult nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.

Note on Certification


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

Note on Licensure


The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.