Objectives

The educational objectives of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) Track of the B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program are to prepare certified registered adult nurse practitioners who:

  1. Monitor, educate and plan for the long-term health care needs of adults they care for;
  2. Diagnose and treat primary care diseases and illnesses in the adult setting and address a wide range of adult health care problems, in collaboration with other health care professionals;
  3. Address adult health needs in a holistic, culturally competent manner, including diet, exercise, complementary therapies, genetics, drug and alcohol use, and others;
  4. Identify patients' specialty referral needs and make such referrals as appropriate;
  5. Provide support and treatment on a long-term basis for patients with chronic illnesses; and
  6. Become a partner in the health care processes that involve other specialists.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the ANP Track includes a total of 80 credits and 1,144 clinical hours. The program can be completed either full-time (three years, eight semesters), accelerated part-time (four years, 12 semesters) or part-time (six years, 18 semesters) as follows. The program begins once a year in the fall semester.

Accelerated Part-time Option

Year 1

Fall (8 credits)
STAT8010              Statistics for Health Sciences (3 credits)
NURS8010             Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
HSIC8010              Clinical Teams and Teamwork I (2 credits)

Spring (7 credits, 60 clinical hours)
NURS8110             Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NURS8130             Advanced Physical Assessment/Diagnosis (4 credits, 60 clinical hours)

Summer (8 credits, 112 clinical hours)
NURS8120             Health Promotion/Clinical Prevention (3 credits)
NURS9150             Diagnosis and Management of Womena??s Health (3 credits)
NURS9155             Diagnosis and Management of Womena??s Health Practicum (2 credits, 112 clinical hours)

Year 2

Fall (9 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9170             Diagnosis and Management of Adults I (3 credits)
NURS9175             Diagnosis and Management of Adults I Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8020             Research and Theory (3 credits)

Spring (8 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9270             Diagnosis and Management of Adults II (3 credits)
NURS9275             Diagnosis and Management of Adults II Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8030             Principles of Epidemiology (2 credits)

Summer (6 credits)
NURS8150             Integrating Research and Practice (3 credits)
                             Elective (3 credits)

Year 3

Fall (2 credits)
NURS8230             Clinical Genetics (2 credits)

Spring (9 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS8140             Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Nursing Roles (3 credits)
NURS9160             Clinical Diagnostics (3 credits)
NURS9165             Clinical Diagnostics Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)

Summer (7 credits) 
HSIC8020               Health Policy (2 credits)
HSIC8030               Health Care Economics (2 credits) 
NURS9130              Evidence-Based Practice and Information Systems    (3 credits)

Year 4

Fall (8 credits, 168 clinical hours)
NURS9220             Diagnosis and Management of Geriatric Clients (3 credits)
NURS9225             Diagnosis and Management of Geriatric Clients Practicum (3 credits, 168 clinical hours)
HSIC8210               Health Law and Ethics (2 credits)

Spring (8 credits, 300 clinical hours)
NURS9610             Practice Management Issues/Role Integration (3 credits)
NURS9620             Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care Settings (5 credits, 300 clinical hours)

Part-time Option
The Part-time Option is individualized to meet student needs and is adapted from the Accelarated Part-time Option.

Full-time Option
Selected individuals may be eligible for full time status after they have demonstrated proficiency in year 1, which may allow students to complete the program in less than 4 years.

Concentrations