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RN-BSN-MSN - Adult & Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AIM Program)

The online RN-BSN-Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Accelerated into Master's program at Walden is designed to help RNs become nurse practitioners. Learn more about Walden's MSN program here.

Official Program Name:

RN-BSN-Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Accelerated into Master's (AIM) program

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Walden University's online RN-BSN-MSN with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program must be licensed registered nurses with either an associate's degree or completed credits from a diploma program. Students thinking of applying should have a desire to gain advanced clinical skills and conduct nursing research. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online RN-BSN-MSN with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Walden is designed for registered nurses who want to advance their skills and become licensed nurse practitioners. Students have the opportunity to fill the requirements necessary to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while working toward a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). In the BSN curriculum, learners could explore health promotion, illness and disease prevention, clinical nursing, and advocacy in healthcare. This program intends to help students transition to graduate-level courses in nursing once undergraduate classes are completed. Students eligible to move into the MSN curriculum have the chance to study subjects like clinical decision making, advanced assessment of patients across the lifespan, primary care of women, and methods for caring for the elderly population. This accelerated MSN program also offers RNs the chance to gain field experience in a nursing practicum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

226 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the RN-BSN-Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Accelerated into Master's (AIM) program:

Walden's online Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner AIM program begins with an undergraduate curriculum that includes three master's-level courses. Students must first complete or transfer general education credits, bachelor's elective courses, BSN courses, and 15 credits in selected MSN courses to gain their BSN degree. Students can then apply to the master's program, and if admitted, the three completed MSN courses may be transferred with at least a B grade. Completed MSN credits, transfer credits, and practicum hours are all needed to meet the requirements of the MSN degree. The RN-BSN-MSN AIM program accepts up to 135 transfer credits. Certification is different in each state; students should check with the board of nursing in the state in which they plan to work for requirements. Degree and program information is subject to change; contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (50 credits)

  • Writing With Confidence and Purpose
  • Students must choose at least one of the following courses:
    • Stereotypes and Scandals: Exploring the Power of Mass Communication and Mass Media
    • Interpersonal Communication for Personal and Professional Success
    • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Composition for College: Principles of Reading and Writing
    • Professional Writing for Successful Communication
  • Students must choose at least two of the following courses:
    • Fundamentals of Photographic Arts
    • Women's Literature and Social Change
    • Creative Writing: Fundamentals of Short Fiction
    • Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Poetry
    • Living and Learning in a Technological World
    • Humanities Through the Arts
    • Modern Popular Culture
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Science and Spirituality
    • World Religions
  • Students will choose one of the following classes:
    • Statistical Methods and Applications
    • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Students can choose from the following courses:
    • Introduction to Biology
    • Nutritional Science
    • Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • College Math
    • College Algebra Concepts
    • Environmental Science
    • Earth Science
    • Analyzing Contemporary Scientific Controversies
  • Students will choose at least two of the following courses:
    • Indigenous Peoples in the Modern World
    • Microeconomics
    • World Regional Geography
    • World History 1900-1945
    • World History 1945-2000
    • U.S. History Through the Lens of Social Change
    • Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City
    • Seminar in Public Service
    • American Government and Politics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Multicultural Dimensions of Society
    • Social Responsibility
    • What's Your Problem?

Elective Courses / Prior Nursing Credits (80 credits)

  • Students admitted to the program without 80 transferable credits can choose any bachelor's level electives to fulfill their elective requirements.

BSN Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Foundations of Nursing Research
  • Role of the Nurse - Public and Global Health
  • Topics in Clinical Nursing
  • Role of Nurse Leader in Population Health
  • Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare
  • The following master's level courses may be transferred to the MSN program with a B grade after completion and once the student is accepted into the program:
    • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
    • Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
    • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology

MSN Core and Specialization Courses (45 credit)

  • Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders
  • Primary Care of Women
  • Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings

Nursing Practicum

  • Students will complete 640 hours in an approved nursing practicum.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

RNs with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Walden's AIM program could further their studies with a doctorate in nursing. Students may explore nursing education, become a healthcare advocate, or learn about healthcare for the masses. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a specialization in Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a specialization in Population Health

Career Paths:

Graduates from Walden's online Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner AIM program should be able to practice their advanced skills and communicate effectively in the workplace. Graduates may gain an advanced practice registered nursing license and work in several clinical environments. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) in a specialty care clinic
  • Adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) in a worksite-based health clinic
  • Adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) in a private medical practice

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