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This certificate program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is designed for nurses who are board-certified in a different APRN specialty area who seek additional certification as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner or for nurses with a doctoral degree in nursing who seek to become an adult gerontology nurse practitioner.
This certificate program is offered in a hybrid iCourse and in-person format that requires students to travel to campus for orientation and then two or three times per semester. Adult gerontology-focused theory and clinical courses include theories, principles and clinical skills in the care of adults across the lifespan.
Focused clinical experiences are arranged with appropriate preceptors and administrators for students residing in Arizona. In-state students who live in Maricopa County are assigned clinical experiences in that geographic area. In-state students who live outside of Maricopa County may be assigned clinical placements in other areas of Arizona based on the college's ability to secure clinical agreements with those sites. In the event that clinical sites are unavailable in the student's geographical area OR if the faculty determines the student needs additional faculty supervision for clinical progress in the program, the student is required to complete the clinical experience in the Phoenix area.
Students residing outside of Arizona are responsible for identifying one or more clinical sites in their area of residence. These sites must be approved by the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation before starting any clinical experience.
Experiences with disadvantaged and multicultural populations are encouraged as are experiences in rural areas when sites are available for these experiences. These sites may be available in Maricopa County.
Required Core (22 credit hours)
DNP 623 Adult-Gerontology Health Promotion (3)
DNP 624 Adult-Gerontology Health Promotion Practicum (3)
DNP 625 Management of Common Health Problems in Adults Across the Lifespan (3)
DNP 626 Management of Common Health Problems/Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum (5)
DNP 627 Management of Complex Health Alterations in Adults Across the Lifespan (3)
DNP 628 Management of Adults Across the Lifespan w/Complex Health Alterations Practicum (5)
Additional Curriculum Information
Nurses who complete this certificate meet the eligibility requirements for taking the National Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination. In addition to completing didactic courses, students complete 13 credit hours (585 clock hours) of practicum experiences in a community setting.