The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track develops the skills necessary to provide the highest levels of individualized, holistic primary care for adult patients across their lifespans. In this program, you’ll learn to diagnose and manage the most common illnesses, assume prescriptive responsibilities and collaborate with nurse practitioners and other professionals to execute the best care plan possible.
The adult gerontology nurse practitioner program can be pursued either part-time or full-time. Graduates are eligible for the national certification exam for adult nurse practitioners.
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Curriculum and Requirements
DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program (68 credits)
|NUR 514||Epidemiology and Population Health||3|
|NUR 516||Health Policy and Organizational Systems||2|
|NUR 520||Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|NUR 520L||Advanced Health Assessment Lab||2|
|NUR 522||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NUR 524||Principles of ECG Interpretation||1|
|NUR 528||Principles of Radiography||2|
|NUR 530||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NUR 600||Evaluation and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence for Practice||2|
|NUR 602||Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing||1|
|NUR 610||Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing||2|
|NUR 610PBL||DNP Project I||2|
|NUR 612||Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care||2|
|NUR 612PBL||DNP Project II||2|
|NUR 630||Advanced Holistic Diagnosis||3|
|NUR 630L||Advanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab||2|
|NUR 631||Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar||1|
|NUR 632||Health Promotion and Advocacy||3|
|NUR 633||Clinical Simulation||1|
|NUR 634||Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 636||Common Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 637||Clinical Fellowship||4|
|NUR 638||Laboratory Diagnosis||2|
|NUR 640||Special Topics in Adult and Geriatric Psychopharmacology||1|
|NUR 641||Adult Health Practicum and Seminar I||3|
|NUR 642||Complex Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 643||Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II||3|
|NUR 647||Adult Health Practicum and Seminar IV||3|
The semester-by-semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.
The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.
Additional course details
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The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program begins only in the fall semester.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 1. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible. Applications received after May 1 are accepted on a space available basis.
When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates. All required courses must be completed by the application deadline. Interviews will only be granted to those with completed applications.
- Must be a registered nurse or NCLEX-eligible nurse.
- Must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field.
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
- Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
- Fee: Include a nonrefundable application fee of $45 by credit or debit card when submitting your application. Do not send cash or check.
- Official transcripts: It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Letters of recommendation: You must have two professional references from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability, submitted on your behalf. You will be required to enter your recommenders' contact information on the application.
- Letter of intent: Upload a letter of intent that addresses the following:
- professional goals and motivations;
- a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice
- a health care problem that interests you.
- Resume: Include an up-to-date resume.
- Nursing license: You are required to have a valid CT nursing license prior to the start of your program. Your application will still receive full consideration if your license is pending at the time of submission. The NCLEX-RN exam must be completed piror to August 1. You will be able to upload your nursing license when completing your application or from your student portal after submitting your application.
Interview: Personal interviews (by invitation) will be scheduled once an application is complete.
If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
- Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
- Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
- Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
- Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
- Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide competent, culturally sensitive, and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.