Sep 29, 2022
Return to: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
In the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization, students explore strategies for improving health outcomes among adult patients, ages 13 years and older, through effective communication and collaboration. Students have the opportunity to explore current health topics through a curriculum developed in collaboration with experts. Courses are rooted in evidence-based practice so that students can gain knowledge in providing quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care.
This specialization can prepare students to make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role. Students can prepare to advance their careers. Graduates can pursue national adult-gerontology nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.
Minimum Completion Requirements
BSN-DNP entry: 90 quarter credits. MSN-DNP entry: 80 quarter credits
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- BSN-DNP entry only: Essential courses (10 cr.)
- DNRS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
- DNRS 6211 - Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery
- Core courses (40 cr.)
- Specialization courses (35 cr., includes the required 640 practicum hours*)
- Completion of DNP Project
- Doctoral Mentoring (0 cr.)
- Doctoral DNP Project Completion (if needed to complete DNP Project after all other coursework has been completed; 3 cr. per term, taken continuously until completion of the DNP Project)
Note: Students who enter the program with certain approved APRN licensure and certification will receive prior nursing credit and will be required to complete at least 500 practicum hours*.
Specialization Courses (35 cr.)
BSN-DNP Entry Course Sequence
The BSN-DNP entry course sequence is as follows.
MSN-DNP Entry Course Sequence
The MSN-DNP entry course sequence is as follows.
Note on Licensure
Walden’s DNP nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the United States as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.
No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.
Note on Certification
Walden’s DNP NP specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.
Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.