School of Nursing


Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-baccalaureate to DNP (BSN to DNP) program of study consists of 89 credit hours. The plan of study is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (AACN, 2016), DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006), and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties NP Core Competencies (NONPF, 2017).

This program prepares the student at the graduate level with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced nursing practice to provide patient centered evidence-based care to the young adults, adults, and older adults with complex acute, chronic, and critical conditions. Clinical settings include clinics, physicians' offices and hospitals. The primary teaching-learning practices used in this program are adult-gerontology patient assessments, seminars, case studies/discussions, and acute, chronic, and long term care clinical practicums that focus on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of adult-gerontology patients. Practicum focuses on developing clinical competency in the role and scope of advanced nursing practice under the guidance of program faculty and direct supervision by approved preceptors.

Choose a Pathway:
I earned a BSN degree

BSN-DNP Concentrations

Dual Concentrations

Advanced Specialties

Note: The BSN-to-DNP pathway for NP concentrations are each nine semesters in length and are designed to build upon the BSN curriculum. The curriculum integrates DNP competencies throught each course while devloping the RN with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in autonomous NP practice within selected population-focused concentrations.

I earned a MSN/MN degree

Post-Masters-DNP in the same role and population as master's degree and current certification

Post-Masters-DNP to add a new APRN role or population to current certification

  • PNP-AC
  • PNP-PC

Advanced Specialties

Note: Applicants who have earned a Master's degree without an APRN concentration (e.g. clinical nurse leader, healthcare management, nursing education) should apply via the BSN-DNP pathway.

Leanne Fowler  
Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Coordinator of AGACNP Concentration