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

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical reasoning

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care

Total: 8 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 7 credits
Semester 4  Semester 5 Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs &

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Health Care

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

ANNP 8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 1

ANNP 8040 (2 Credits)
Practicum 1

ANNP 8050 (1 Credit)
Seminar 1

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

Total: 9 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 9 credits
Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9

NURS 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 2

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

ANNP 8042 (3 Credits)
Practicum 2

ANNP 8052 (1 Credit)
Seminar 2

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP practicum 3

ANNP 8044 (4 Credits)
Practicum 3

ANNP 8054 (2 Credits)
Seminar 3

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Capstone

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
Capstone Writing Seminar

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

More Information

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