The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse (R.N.) who wishes to pursue a graduate degree with specialty certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).
The program focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the nurse practitioner to assess, diagnose, treat, and evaluate health problems of the client. Health promotion and disease prevention are also emphasized.
The program encourages self-directed learning and critical thinking. It ensures the graduate student will develop the skills necessary to function as an advanced-practice nurse.
Purposes of the Program
Advance the educational level of nurses to effect improvement in the health care of clients.
Encourage continued personal and professional growth.
Prepare advanced-practice nurses to successfully pass national certification exam.
Provide a foundation for continued graduate study.
Student Learning Outcomes
Stockton's objectives are in accordance with those of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in that the graduate program is designed to produce an advanced nurse practitioner who is able to:
1. Utilize Roy's Adaptation Model when making decisions about professional nursing practice.
2. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing theory and advanced nursing practice.
3. Assess health status and health potential of the adult client, manage specific common deviations from wellness and stabilized long-term illness.
4. Accept individual responsibility and accountability in defining advanced nursing practice.
5. Apply nursing research to advanced nursing practice.
6. Utilize leadership skills through interaction with consumers and providers in meeting health needs and advanced nursing goals.
7. Collaborate on the interdisciplinary health team to identify and effect needed change to improve delivery within specific health care systems.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey provides you with the following options:
Provides practicing nurses with a master's degree an option to complete coursework to become eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) national certification examination.
Provides nationally certified and practicing Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) an option to complete additional didactic and clinical coursework to become eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) national certification examination. Applicants must provide proof of valid NJ APN-C credentials.
Summer- 10 credits
NURS 5541 Assessment and Care of the Family
NURS 5941 Pediatric Practicum
Recent graduates of Stockton's MSN program may qualify for "Direct Entry" into the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Click here for more information about this option.
Edward Walton, D.HSc, APN-C, NP-C
Graduate Director and Assistant Professor of Nursing
The graduate nursing program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036 (202) 887-6791.