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    AGNP Curriculum

    Your courses, direct care clinicals, and summer intensives will prepare you to integrate theories, scientific principles, and patient data in order to diagnose and provide care and therapeutic interventions for adult and geriatric patients.

Graphic image of male nurse practitionerThe AGNP curriculum focuses on integrating theory and practice; conducting research and scholarly inquiry; and developing advanced skills in the diagnosis and management of adult/geriatric health and illness. The program includes:

  • Nine credits of advanced nursing courses.
  • 22 credits of Nurse Practitioner core courses, and
  • 19 credits of  specialty track courses (Acute Care or Primary Care)

These 50 credits include the required 700 clinical hours.

Clinical hours include:

  • Three rotations and one residency rotation providing direct patient care.  (576 hours)
  • Three on-campus summer intensives  of 7-10 days each on the Boise State campus (124 hours)

AGNP-Acute Care Masters of Nursing - 50 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MN NURSING CORE COURSES
NURS 502Foundation of Knowledge and Theory for Advanced Nursing3
NURS 508Advanced Research and Scholarly Inquiry for Advanced Nursing3
NURS 522Concepts of Population Nursing3
9 credits
NURSE PRACTITIONER COURSES
NURS 510Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
NURS 516Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURS 518Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse2
NURS 519
Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical
Summer Intensive #1 (on-campus clinical)
1
NURS 520Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse3
NURS 532Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 534Diagnosis and Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness3
NURS 535
Diagnosis and Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness
Clinical Rotation #1
2
NURS 560Scholarly Synthesis2
22 credits
ACUTE CARE SPECIALIZATION COURSES
NURS 536Acute Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness I4
NURS 537
Acute Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness I
Clinical Rotation #2
2
NURS 538Acute Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness II 4
NURS 539Acute Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness II
Clinical Rotation #3
2
NURS 541
Acute Care Clinical Residency
Clinical Rotation #4
3
NURS 549Acute Care Procedures and Diagnostics for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Summer Intensive #2 (on-campus clinical)
2
NURS 557Acute Care Clinical Skills Synthesis
Summer Intensive #3 (on-campus clinical)
2
19 credits
Total Credits50 credits
Clinical Hours700 hours

AGNP-Primary Care Masters of Nursing - 50 credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MN NURSING CORE COURSES
NURS 502Foundation of Knowledge and Theory for Advanced Nursing3
NURS 508Advanced Research and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing3
NURS 522Concepts of Population Health Nursing3
9 credits
NURSE PRACTITIONER COURSES
NURS 510Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
NURS 516Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3
NURS 518Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse2
NURS 519Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Summer Intensive #1 (on-campus clinical)
1
NURS 520Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse3
NURS 532Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 534Diagnosis and Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness3
NURS 535Diagnosis and Management of Adult/Geriatric Health
and Illness
Clinical Rotation #1
2
NURS 560Scholarly Synthesis2
22 credits
Primary Care Specialty Courses
NURS 542Primary Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness I4
NURS 543Primary Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness I
Clinical Rotation #2
2
NURS 544Primary Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness II4
NURS 545Primary Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness II
Clinical Rotation #3
2
NURS 547Primary Care Clinical Residency
Clinical Rotation #4
3
NURS 551Procedures and Diagnostics for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Summer Intensive #2 (on-campus clinical)
2
NURS 555Primary Care Clinical Skills Synthesis
Summer Intensive #3 (on-campus clinical)
2
Total Primary Care Specialty Courses19 credits
Total Credits50 credits
Clinical Hours700 hours


Clinical Rotation Information

Boise State has a full-time clinical placement specialist who assists students in locating preceptors and coordinating contracts and scheduling logistics. Before beginning rotations, you will complete seven courses, including one of your three summer intensives, in order to prepare for a successful clinical experience. You will begin rotations working with a broad range of patients and medical conditions and with each subsequent rotation the patient acuity and complexity increases.

The AGNP program includes four direct-care clinical rotations

  • The first three rotations are 128 clinical hours and the final rotation is a 192 hour residency.
  • Clinical schedules are determined by the preceptor’s schedule.
  • Each clinical rotation is completed over a 14 week period with approximately 16, eight-hour shifts.

Acute Care Rotations


In general, acute care students will work 2-3 days consecutively to enhance the learning experience. Locations of care are primarily hospitals and may include sub-acute care facilities and specialty clinics.

  • Rotation #1 – Introduction to Practice (NURS 535): Provides an introduction to advanced nursing practice emphasizing integration of assessment data to generate differential diagnoses and apply diagnostic reasoning skills. Located in an Urgent Care setting, or site that provides a wide overview of patient care
  • Rotation #2 Basic Health Management (NURS 537): Builds upon Rotation 1 to include development and evaluation of an evidence based management plan of care. Placed with a Hospitalist.
  • Rotation #3 – Intermediate Health Management (NURS 539): Builds upon Rotations 1 & 2 in the management of patients with higher acuity care needs. Placed with an Intensivist.
  • Residency/Rotation #4/ – Advanced Health Management (NURS 541): Integrates, synthesizes and applies diagnostic reasoning and management skills in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and autonomous manner. Placed with an Intensivist, Hospitalist or Specialist (i.e. cardiology, nephrology, infectious disease, etc.) who care for both hospital and community based patients.

Primary Care Rotations


In general, primary care students work one day/week or two days, every other week.

  • Rotation #1 – NURS 535: Site provides a broad overview of patient care and an introduction to advanced nursing practice emphasizing integration of assessment data to generate differential diagnoses and apply diagnostic reasoning skills.
  • Rotation #2 –NURS 543:  Site provides patients with moderate acuity and builds upon Rotation 1 to include development and evaluation of an evidence based management plan of care.
  • Rotation #3 – NURS 545: Site to provide a variety of patients including complex cases and builds upon Rotations 1 & 2 in the management of patients with higher acuity care needs.
  • Residency/Rotation #4 – NURS 547: Integrates, synthesizes and applies diagnostic reasoning and management skills in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and autonomous manner. Placed with a specialist in Internal Medicine. Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Otolaryngology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, etc.

Preceptor facilities are encouraged to allow for observational rotations in interprofessional departments i.e. radiology, pharmacy, dietetics, physical therapy.


Technology Requirements

Online courses at Boise State use Blackboard Learn, an Internet-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. Blackboard requires a computer capable of running a certified or compatible operating system and web browser (no tablets or smartphones). Visit the Office of Information Technology for minimum hardware/software requirements.

You will also need:

  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband or a high speed network connection is required.
  • Access to a scanner or mobile app for creating scanned pdf.
  • The ability to send and receive email, including email attachments.
  • Knowledge of how to format and submit documents using Microsoft Word and Power Point.
  • The ability to use Adobe Acrobat reader to view course materials.
  • Access to a device (camera, tablet, smart phone) that allows you to create short videos.
  • Other requirements as specified for individual courses.