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Adult-Gero Health and Illness Nurse Practitioner

What does an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner do?

Click here to learn more from Dr. Gerene Bauldoff.

Adult-Gero Health and Illness (AGHI) Nurse Practitioners provide direct patient care in a primary care setting. They can diagnose and treat adolescents and adults with common illnesses or injuries. They also are involved in education, research, and legislative activities to promote quality health care. Graduates are eligible for certification as Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioners.

Advanced practice nursing

The primary goal of the AGHI Nurse Practitioner specialty track is to prepare graduates for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Coursework, clinical experience, and research allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. Graduates of the specialty are eligible for certification as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners in primary care.
Our specialty track meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. To date, the pass rate of our graduates is significantly higher than the national pass rate on the certification examination.

Core Adult-Gero Health and Illness faculty

Gerene Bauldoff, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director

Karen Ahijevych, PhD,RN, FAAN

Susan Bowman-Burpee, MS, RN, APRN-BC, Lead Clinical Faculty

Linda Daley, PhD, RN

Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN

Mary Alice Momeyer, DNP, RN, APRN-BC

LeeAnn Ruess, MS, RN, APRN-BC

Essential skills

Our Adult-Gero Health and Illness NP graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:

  • assume an advanced practice role
  • put theory and research into practice with individuals and families
  • develop, implement, and assess nursing strategies to assure quality of care
  • utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional, and
    national level
  • adapt professionally to the constantly changing health care environment
  • contribute to the advancement of the profession

Core curriculum

  • Nursing 7400              Leadership in Advanced Nursing
  • Nursing 7410              Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 7440              Scientific Thought in Nursing
  • Nursing 7450              Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470              Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Nursing 7480              Quality Improvement in Advanced Nursing Care
  • Nursing 7490              Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Nursing 7500              Nursing in the American Health Care System
  • Nursing 7520              Graduate Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing 7780              Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship

NP Clinical experience
Our NP specialty track provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout central Ohio. Students work with nurse practitioners, family practice, and internal medicine physicians in ambulatory primary care and inpatient settings. Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification as an Adult-Gero Health and Illness nurse practitioner.

Clinical course work includes:

Adult-Gero Nurse Advanced Practice specialty course

  • Nursing 7228.01 Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum

Adult-Gero Nurse Advanced Practice specialty course

  • Nursing 7228.02 Adult-Gero NP Clinical Practicum

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Admissions & program information

Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option

Post-Master’s study option

Applicants must apply directly to the College of Nursing for admission to the Post-Master's option.
For further information about the post-master's option, click here.

For further information about the Adult Nurse Practitioner, contact:

The Ohio State University
College of Nursing
Graduate Outreach and Admissions
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1289

Call (614) 688-8145


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