Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

The DNP - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to a culturally diverse population of adults. The Adult/Gerontological nurse practitioner focuses upon assessment and management of common acute and chronic health care problems of adult and older adult patients in the primary care setting.  Nurses are educated for practice that is evidence-based, collaborative, and reflective of an understanding of current health care delivery, as well as economic, ethical, and professional issues.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized: family practices; occupational health clinics; home health services; rural clinics; and other adult and geriatric sites. 

The Adult/Gerontological NP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 801, NRSG 862, NRSG 864, NRSG 865 and NRSG 867.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Health Care Professionalism: Issues and Roles


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 731

Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics


NRSG 809

Health Promotion


NRSG 801

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner  Specialty Core

NRSG 862/864

Adult/Gerontological Health Care I & Practicum

3 & 2

NRSG 865/867

Adult/Gerontological Health Care II & Practicum

3 & 4

NRSG 869

Adult/Gerontological Health Care III: NP Preceptorship


DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner


Student selects 15 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

15 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree



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Last modified: Jan 28, 2014