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Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse practitioner seeing older patient.
Hybrid

Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Learn to address the complex healthcare needs of adults and seniors.

Play a key leadership role and directly influence healthcare outcomes through systems change.

Expand your scope and impact as an AGNP with a proven program.

Designed for nurses with a BSN degree who want to achieve the highest practice credential in nursing, the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program graduates from St. Catherine University have a long and successful history. For over 120 years they have provided excellent primary care. In as little as three years, you can elevate your impact and play a key leadership role in your organization.

The BSN-DNP program begins with an emphasis on the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner role. You will continue on with coursework grounded in a commitment to critical inquiry, innovation, ethical leadership, social justice, and a holistic view of the patient. It  is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners who lead and influence, advocate for justice, honor diverse and global perspectives, and demonstrate excellence in patient care.

In the adult-gerontology primary care track you will learn:

  • Competencies to provide high-quality, compassionate, patient-centered primary care with dedication and commitment to social justice and health equity
  • Advanced practice nursing assessment and management of common and acute alterations in health for adult-gerontology patients
  • Implementation and coordination of care for patients with complex and chronic alterations of health in the contexts of the family and health systems through interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Advanced concepts in clinical information systems, patient care technologies, clinical decision support, legal/ethical issues, consumer health informatics, and the integration of evidence-based practice to change systems

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Nurse Practitioner program is a full-time commitment. Our model provides flexibility for student learning by offering effective online courses and highly interactive, in-person learning for core nurse practitioner classes. We provide the support you need to be successful - our dedicated clinical placement coordinator provides clinical placements for all nurse practitioner students.

Students of all genders are welcome in this program.

Cost & Time

Cost per credit: $1,150 (2022-23 rates)

Credits required: 68

Time to completion: 3-4 years

Start: Fall

Accreditation

The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN Accredited

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Year 1

  • Fall
    NURS 7140: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 8150: Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 6223: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Spring
    STAT 7000: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr)
    NURS 7060: Evidence Based Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS X: Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Management (3 cr)

Year 2

  • Fall
    NURS 7080: Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 8536: Health Care Economics and Finance (3cr)
    NURS 6135: Health Promotion in Primary Care: Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8300: Advanced Outcome and Evaluation (3 cr)
    NURS 6420: Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS 8520: Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7420: Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: Primary Care Clinical I: Adults and Older Adults (1 cr)
    NURS 6425: DNP Integration I (2 cr)

Year 3

  • Fall
    NURS 7820: Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS 7425: Primary Care Clinical II: Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration II (2 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8540: Health Care: Power, Policy, and Politics (3 cr)
    NURS 7825: Primary Care Clinical III: Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration III (2 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS X: Primary Care Clinical IV: Adults and Older Adults (2 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration IV (2 cr)

Year 1

  • Fall
    NURS 7140: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
    NURS 8150: Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • Spring
    STAT 7000: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr)
    NURS 7060: Evidence Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7080: Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)

Year 2

  • Fall
    NURS 6223: Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS 8300: Advanced Outcome and Evaluation (3 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    NURS X: Diagnosis and Management (3 cr)

Year 3

  • Fall
    NURS 6135: Health Promotion in Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology (3 cr)
    NURS 8536: Health Care Economics and Finance (3 credits)
  • Spring
    NURS 6420: Primary Care I: Common and Acute Conditions in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS 8520: Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7420: Primary Care II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: Primary Care Clinical I: Adults and Older Adults (1 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration I (2 cr)

Year 4

  • Fall
    NURS 7820: Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS 6425: Primary Care Clinical II: Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration II (2 cr)
  • Spring
    NURS 8540: Health Care: Power, Policy, and Politics (3 cr)
    NURS 7425: Primary Care Clinical II: Chronic Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (3 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration III (2 cr)
  • Summer
    NURS 7825: Primary Care Clinical III: Chronic and Complex Health Challenges in Adults and Older Adults (2 cr)
    NURS X: DNP Integration IV (2 cr)
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