MSN Program

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program at James Madison University (JMU) is a primary care program and consists of three practicum courses. Students identify practicum placements in conjunction with course faculty and the Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator. Final placement decisions are determined in collaboration with the NP Program Coordinator.

NP Practicum Selection Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information about selection of appropriate clinical sites, and also to insure that the proper experiences are obtained to allow students to successfully complete the program. The following are guidelines for the Practicum hours.

  • Must have a minimum of 80 hours in an older adult/gerontology focused practice setting 
  • Must complete a minimum of 40 hours in OB/GYN (including prenatal & postpartum)
  • May choose an optional specialty rotation (including acute care settings), up to 80 hours may be completed in this site
  • Preceptors may be a Nurse Practitioner, Physician (MD or DO), or Physician Assistant and must have at least 12 months of full-time practice experience.

NP Practicum I (NSG 671)-150 hours

Preferred sites are ambulatory sites that focus on providing care for patients with acute care issues. These may include but are not limited to: College Health Centers, Mini-Clinics, Family Practices, Free Clinics, Urgent Care Clinics, Community Health Centers, and rural health clinics. The student should select one (1) site and plan on completing all hours at this site. 

NP Practicum II (NSG 672): 250 hours

Preferred sites are primary care focused sites that see patients with chronic illnesses. These include family practices, internal medicine practices that focus on primary care, Free Clinics, gerontology-focused practice site (including home health, palliative care, sub-acute and rehabilitation settings, assisted living or long-term care facilities), etc. During Practicum II or III, AGPCNP students complete older adult/gerontology and OB/GYN requirements. Ideally, the student is in 2-3 sites during this practicum.

NP Practicum III (NSG 673): 250 hours

Preferred sites are primary care focused sites that see patients with chronic illnesses. These include family practices, internal medicine practices that focus on primary care, Free Clinics, gerontology-focused practice site (including home health, palliative care, sub-acute and rehabilitation settings, assisted living or long-term care facilities), etc. During Practicum II or III, AGPCNP students complete older adult/gerontology and OB/GYN requirements. Ideally, the student is in 2-3 sites during this practicum.

These are guidelines; clinical site limitations may require some adjustments. Adjustments when necessary must be approved by the practicum faculty.

Practicum Seminars

Seminars are a required component of practicum courses. Seminars may include experiences with pelvic & breast exams, male GU exams, joint injection, suturing, orthopedics, radiology, EKG, ophthalmology, conference attendance, and student presentations.