Forbes reports an unprecedented demand for Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners due to the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act legislation*. Merritt Hawkins’ 2013 annual review of health professional recruitment and staffing revealed that for the first time, nurse practitioners entered the top 20 ranking 10th. The annual review also communicated that the growth in outpatient care sites like urgent care centers, retail health clinics, and health centers is contributing to the increase in demand.

According to, the average salary for a nurse practitioner is $94,525.

Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners work in clinics, office practices, managed care organizations, rural areas, urban community health centers and long term care facilities.

National certification is offered through various nursing organizations, such as the American Nurses' Association, and most of these organizations require that NPs complete an approved master's-level NP program before taking the certification exam.

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program, with an Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization can help position you for roles in the following settings:

  • Primary care clinics
  • Specialty care clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Worksite-based health clinics
  • Private medical practices
  • Public health departments
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

*Forbes, 2013, on the Internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013).

Merritt Hawkins, Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner recruiting Incentives, 2013, on the Internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013)., on the internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013)


Allison Souza

Allison Souza

MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Walden’s classes strengthened my leadership skills and supported me to help homeless people and veterans within my community.
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
I like the structure of the courses and the professors give feedback that both challenges and improves my skills.
Alvin Mena Cantero MSN Graduate
Alvin Mena Centaro
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Jaimee Kastler MSN Graduate / PhD in Nursing Student
Jaimee Kastler

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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