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Post-Bachelor’s DNP in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Adult primary care extends to adolescents, adults and advanced age patients alike. With such a wide-ranging population comes a wide and diverse range of health care concerns. The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track prepares you to meet these changing concerns for patients throughout their adult lives, making you a highly valued health care team member in numerous settings.

Program Overview

In the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track, you’ll develop the skills necessary to provide the highest levels of patient-centered, cost-effective primary care to adults from adolescence into old age. The sheer size of the population you’ll serve makes you invaluable to private practices and community clinics, which often deal with underserved populations. You’ll contribute to and execute the best care plan for patients across their lifetimes, assisting with disease management, lifestyle changes and beyond.

This track can be completed either as a part-time or full-time program, requiring a three- or four-year commitment, respectively. Completion of this track also makes you eligible for the national certification exam for adult nurse practitioners.

Curriculum and Requirements

Learning Pathway

DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516) 3
NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits14
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 631 Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar 1
NUR 638 Laboratory Diagnosis 2
 Credits5
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 641 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar I 3
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits9
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 643 Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II 3
 Credits8
Summer Semester
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NU 645 Holistic Care in Forensic Nursing: Practicum II 3
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3
 Credits7
Third Year
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 647 Adult Health Practicum and Seminar IV 3
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 640 Special Topics in Adult and Geriatric Psychopharmacology 1
NUR 637 Clinical Fellowship 4
 Credits5
 Total Credits70
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online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 


Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Program Outcomes

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:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive, and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.