Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP

The Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty of the DNP program prepares registered nurses to provide holistic team-based care for adults and older adults.

Adult Health/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Graduates from the DNP program in this specialty are not only prepared to independently manage primary care needs of adults and older adults, but are also prepared to be leaders in health systems with a firm grounding in evidence-based practice and system change.

Length and commitment

  • 3-year, full-time program
  • On campus: Each semester for a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, advisor meetings; beginning second year of program: 2 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework
  • Clinical sites: Complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

What makes our program distinct?

Faculty are nationally and internationally known for their teaching and research.

Each Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Practitioner student’s program of study is individualized though clinical placements and assignments to match the student’s interests.

Each student benefits from a variety of clinical rotations with outstanding clinical leaders who are committed to each student’s education.

Faculty are nationally and internationally known for their teaching and research. Students have opportunities for involvement in research with the Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation and the Minnesota Center on Aging.

Our graduates are prepared to:

  • Care for patients with acute and chronic health problems
  • Foster health promotion and disease prevention
  • Provide comprehensive care coordination for patients across health care settings
  • Collaborate effectively in interprofessional teams


After graduation, students will be prepared to take the national certification examination for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. For further information about the national examination go to the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Contact Us

George Sakkal
Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Adult Health Gerontological Nurse Practitioner



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