Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gero Primary Care NP (AGPC) cares for patients age 13 and up. This means the AGPC influences the care of a patient as they go through life’s many changes. Responsibilities include monitoring chronic diseases, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, prescribing medications and other treatments, providing health maintenance care, promoting positive health behaviors and collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed.

Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major meet criteria for taking certification exams as Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and have achieved an outstanding pass rate.

The Nurse Practitioner role continues to grow. The focus of this major is caring for patients 13 and older in a community-based environment. A certified AGPC NP may work in primary care, with a specialty group like cardiology, orthopedics, internal medicine or for a physician group, that might include seeing the patient in the hospital and following up in the clinic. Graduates are employed in private practice, clinics, long-term care, and home care. Our graduates have achieved an outstanding pass rate on certification examinations, allowing every student to find the right opportunity that fits their interests.

Clinical Hours

Students receive a minimum of 504 clinical practicum hours for the AGPC Certification. These hours may be with NP or MD preceptors. Clinical placements are determined by students’ areas of interest and career goals. Practica hours may be completed in most geographical locations based on ability to meet course objectives.

The remaining 500 hours are focused on your DNP project. This quality improvement project will be grounded in a clinical problem. You will work closely with a DNP advisor to formulate your capstone project.

Prior Experience

Students must have a minimum of one year nursing experience. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters. Part-time students will receive an individualized schema.

Courses are offered in block format, in which students are required to attend on-site one week each semester.

Full-Time Semester Schema

Spring Semester 1 Summer Semester 1 Fall Semester 1

NURS 8002
Theoretical Basis of Clinical reasoning
3 credits

NDNP 9004
Biostatistics for EBP
3 credits

NDNP 9001
Informatics for DNP Practice
2 credits

NDNP 9010
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse
3 credits

NDNP 8002
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN
3 credits

NURS 8022
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology
4 credits

NDNP 9006
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
4 credits

NURS 8014
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare
3 credits

Total: 8 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 7 credits
Spring Semester 2 Summer Semester 2 Fall Semester 2

NURS 8020
Advanced Health Assessment
3 credits, (1 cr. = 3 lab hrs)

NDNP 9015
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
3 credits

NURS 8024
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
3 credits

NDNP 9030
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs and
4 credits

NDNP 8010
Finance and Economics of Health Care
3 credits

NURS 8026
Differential Diagnosis for the APN
3 credits

NURS 8030
Clinical Management 1
3 credits

ANNP 8040
Practicum 1
2 credits

ANNP 8050
Seminar 1
1 credit

NDNP 9025
DNP Practicum 1
3 credits

Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 9 credits
Spring Semester 3 Summer Semester 3 Fall Semester 3

NURS 8032
Clinical Management 2
3 credits

NDNP 9035
DNP Practicum 2
3 credits

ANNP 8042
Practicum 2
3 credits

ANNP 8052
Seminar 2
1 credit

NDNP 9038
DNP practicum 3
3 credits

ANNP 8044
Practicum 3
4 credits

ANNP 8054
Seminar 3
2 credits

NDNP 9040
DNP Capstone
2 credits

NDNP 9042
Capstone Writing Seminar
3 credits

Total: 10 credits Total: 9 credits Total: 5 credits
Total credits: 77 Credits in 9 semesters

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