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Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Students will be prepared to provide holistic, team-based care for adults and older adults. Graduates 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.

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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 through 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

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George Sakkal

Doctoral Programs Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Length and Commitment

3-year, Full-time Program

On Campus

Each semester students attend a 4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) on campus that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and advisor meetings. Beginning the second year of the program students meet on campus 2 additional times per semester for 1–2 days each time for coursework.

Clinical Hours

Complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school

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Adult Health Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

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Kristine M. Talley

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation


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 Academy of Nurse Practitioners.