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.
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.
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.
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
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
|Total: 8 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 7 credits|
|Semester 4||Semester 5||Semester 6|
NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
ANNP 8030 (3 Credits)
ANNP 8040 (2 Credits)
ANNP 8050 (1 Credit)
NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
|Total: 9 credits||Total: 10 credits||Total: 9 credits|
|Semester 7||Semester 8||Semester 9
NURS 8032 (3 Credits)
NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
ANNP 8042 (3 Credits)
ANNP 8052 (1 Credit)
NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
ANNP 8044 (4 Credits)
ANNP 8054 (2 Credits)
NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
|Total: 10 credits||Total: 9 credits||Total: 5 credits|
|Total credits: 77 Credits in 9 semesters