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

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Adult primary care extends to adolescents, adults and advanced age patients. 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

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.

Faculty Profile: Sheila Molony

Nursing professor at forefront of Alzheimer’s research

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common dementia type worldwide, with an estimated 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s dementia in the United States, including 200,000 with the young-onset variant of the disease. Still, it remains an under-recognized threat in public health.

School of Nursing Professor Sheila Molony understands what is at stake if this trend continues. An authority on aging, geriatric care and dementia assessment, she is helping to lead the national conversation about the issue.

“With the increasing number of people over the age of 65, the annual number of new cases is projected to double by 2050,” she said.

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Professor Sheila Molony walks up the stairs of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Listing

DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program (68 credits)

NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab2
NUR 522Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 524Principles of ECG Interpretation1
NUR 528Principles of Radiography2
NUR 530Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 600Evaluation and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence for Practice2
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 610Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing2
NUR 610PBLDNP Project I2
NUR 612Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care2
NUR 612PBLDNP Project II2
NUR 630Advanced Holistic Diagnosis3
NUR 630LAdvanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab2
NUR 631Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar1
NUR 632Health Promotion and Advocacy3
NUR 633Clinical Simulation1
NUR 634Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 636Common Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 637Clinical Fellowship4
NUR 638Laboratory Diagnosis2
NUR 640Special Topics in Adult and Geriatric Psychopharmacology1
NUR 641Adult Health Practicum and Seminar I3
NUR 642Complex Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 643Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II3
NUR 647Adult Health Practicum and Seminar IV3
Total Credits65

Curriculum Note:

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.

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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.