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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program prepares students to provide comprehensive primary care services to young, older, and elderly adult patients in a variety of community and long-term care settings. 
 
Special emphasis is placed on the delivery of care to vulnerable populations in a changing health system. The program consists of core advanced practice registered nurse courses with speciality courdes in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. The specialty requires 630 supervised clinical hours.
 
Content is incorporated throughout the program so that students can successfully meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) to develop, implement, and evaluate the DNP project.  The DNP curriculum includes an additional 405 supervised hours for completion of the DNP project thereby meeting the required 1,000 supervised hours to obtain a DNP degree.
 
Students in the program take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in the adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialty area in the last semester of coursework.
 

Fast Facts

  • The program is a full time, cohort model designed to be completed in 3 years.
  • A total of 77 credits are required to complete the program.
  • Students enter and progress in a learning cohort with courses offered in a combination of required summer face-to-face sessions, online, and/or hybrid delivery.
  • Coursework includes a practice-based project.
  • The DNP student receives individual advising and support throughout the program by faculty and practice-based advisors.
     

Programs Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, the student is eligible to obtain national certification as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Nurse Practitioner and awarded a Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP). The graduate is prepared to:
  1. Assume the responsibilities of a AGPCNP with expertise in the provision of primary care for young, older and elderly adults; and
  2. Assume a leadership role in translating emerging science to improve clinical practice and population-based health care delivery. 
 

Curriculum*

Note: Sequence of courses may change due to availability of courses. Mandatory Summer Intensives are held on Oahu in early August.
 
 

Year 1
(24 credits)

Summer 

On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)

Fall
9 credits
 

NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 662 Leadership, Role Identity and Organizational Change (3)

Spring
9 credits
 

NURS 612 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (2)
NURS 612L Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Lab (1)
NURS 609 Health Politics and Policy (3)
NURS 621 Acute and Episodic Care Management (3)
 
Summer
6 credits

NURS 676 Primary Care I Seminar: Health Assessment (1)
NURS 676L Primary Care I Lab (beginning level) Health Assessment (2)
NURS 640 Chronic Illness Management (3)
On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)

Year 2
(29 credits)

Fall
11 credits
 

NURS 677 Primary Care II Seminar: Management of the Adult (1)
NURS 677L Primary Care II Lab (intermediate level) Acute & Chronic Conditions (Adult) (3)
NURS 730 Principles of Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Nursing (3)
NURS 750 Foundations of Health Systems and Translation Science (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
 

Spring
11 credits
 

 
NURS 695 Successful Aging: Physiologic (3)
NURS 615 Clinical Skills and Procedures for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
NURS 677L Primary Care II Lab (intermediate level) Acute & Chronic Conditions (Adult) (2)
NURS 746 Methods of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
 
Summer
7 credits

NURS 678 Primary Care III Seminar - Special Populations (Peds, Gero, Women) (1)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab (intermediate level) Special Populations (Peds, Gero, Women) (2)
NURS 768 Advanced Clinical Economics (3)
NURS 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1) Note: Proposal Presentation
On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)

Year 3
(24 credits)

Fall
10 credits
 

NURS 635 Women's Health: Promotion and Maintenence (3)
NURS 616 Psychobiology of Human Behavior and Psychopharmacology (3)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab (intermediate level) Special Populations (Peds, Gero, Women) (2)
NURS 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2) Note: Proposal Presentation, if not completed in Summer Year 2
 

Spring
10 credits
 

ICS 614 Medical Informatics (3)
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab (advanced level) - Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (2)
LAW 532 Health Law: Bioethics (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2) Note: Final Presentation
 
Summer
4 credits

NURS 679 Primary Care IV Seminar - Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (1)
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab (advanced level) - Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (3)

Total # of credits: 77 credits

Updated: January 5, 2018

*Curriculum effective Fall 2018. Pending approval.

 

Partnership in the Nursing Education Exchange

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is a member of NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange). NEXus is a collaboration between participating doctoral programs in nursing that allows doctoral students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common tuition price. Students may fulfill requirements by enrolling in NEXus courses.

 

Contact

Aeza Hafalia, MEd
DNP Program Coordinator
NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator

Phone: (808) 956-8401
Fax: (808) 956-5977
dnpnurs@hawaii.edu

Courtnee Nunokawa, MSN, APRN-Rx AGPCNP-BC
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Director
Phone: 808-956-5279
Fax: 808-956-3257

 

 

NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 662 Leadership, Role Identity and Organizational Change (3)

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