Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to care for patients 13 and older for diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions.

Certification & Career

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

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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

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

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits) – Optional
Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care

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

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning

Total: 8 credits Total: 7-9 credits Total: 9 credits
Semester 4  Semester 5 Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

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

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse

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

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurse

ANNP 8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 1

ANNP 8040 (2 Credits)
Practicum 1

ANNP 8050 (1 Credit)
Seminar 1

Total: 10 credits Total: 10 credits Total: 6 credits
Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9

NURS 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 2

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

ANNP 8042 (3 Credits)
Practicum 2

ANNP 8052 (1 Credit)
Seminar 2

ANNP 8044 (4 Credits)
Practicum 3

ANNP 8054 (2 Credits)
Seminar 3

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Capstone

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
Capstone Writing Seminar

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP practicum 3

Total: 10 credits Total: 8 credits Total: 8 credits
Total Credits: 76-78 Credits in 9 Semesters


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or