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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

Course Listing

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

Course List
BMS 515Advanced Pathophysiology I3
NUR 500Biostatistics1
NUR 514Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems3
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment I3
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment I Lab2
NUR 522Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516)3
NUR 524Principles of ECG Interpretation1
NUR 528Principles of Radiography2
NUR 530Advanced Pharmacology3
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 Health Assessment II3
NUR 630LAdvanced Health Assessment II Lab2
NUR 631Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar1
NUR 632Health Promotion and Advocacy3
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 & Seminar I3
NUR 642Complex Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 643Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II3
NUR 645Adult Health Practicum and Seminar III1
NUR 647Adult Health Practicum and Seminar IV3
Total Credits68

NUR 514 and NUR 516 are offered online or on-ground (space available basis)

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.


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.