Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner This is a Track

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP project.

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares students to care for primary care patients from adolescence through old age in primary care and home care settings, incorporating DNP essentials in practice with a culminating DNP project.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems.
  • Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.
  • Develop practice models that support diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgement through the use of evidence based practice.
  • Analyze the social, economic, political, epidemiological and other scientific data to improve individual, aggregate and population health.
  • Demonstrate information fluency and advanced communication skills to lead quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care and health care systems.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for populations and/or systems and disseminate findings.


The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The curriculum includes 42 credits of core courses shared with other DNP tracks, 12 credits of APN core and 18 credits of specialty courses. A total of 1,020 practicum hours are required to earn the DNP. The program prepares nurses at the entry level for advanced practice for the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis; and provides analytic, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project during the clinical residency courses. Details about this program are located in the Advanced Practice DNP Adult-Gerontology DNP Handbook.
Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisite Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Advanced Practice Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

    DNP Core Courses—42 Credit Hours

    The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency

    • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7748L Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for APN (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7911C DNP Project I (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7912C DNP Project II (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)

    Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours

    • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6240L Adult I Clinical for APNs (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6202L Adult II Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
    • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

    The DNP Project is related to advanced nursing practice and benefits a group, population or community rather than an individual patient. It addresses identified needs and builds on an evidence base. DNP projects may include but are not limited to: 

    • Translate research into practice and evaluate outcomes
    • Quality improvement (care processes, continuity of care, patient outcomes)
    • Implement and evaluate evidence-based practice guidelines
    • Analyze policy: develop, implement, evaluate or revise policy
    • Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision making, planning, evaluation
    • Conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential cost savings, etc.
    • Design and evaluate new models of care
    • Design and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs
    • Assess integration of technology in care
    The theme that links these forms of scholarly experiences is the use of evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes. Additional examples of DNP projects can be found on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) website under Practice Doctorate Resource Center.

      Progress to Degree

      Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade below "B" in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

      Graduation Requirements

      • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
      • A satisfactory DNP Project
      • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
      • A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project

      Independent Learning

      A DNP Project will be completed by all students in the DNP program. A scholarly project, derived from clinical practice, will be developed in depth with faculty supervision.

      Application Requirements

      For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

      In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

      • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
      • BSN degree from an accredited institution by program start date.*
      • Undergraduate Statistics course.
      • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
      • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida by program start date. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
      • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
        • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
        • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
        • Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in U.S. health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.   
      • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
      • An interview with faculty may also be required.

      *For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at for additional options.

      Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a DNP adviser to discuss your goals for doctoral study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation for advanced nursing practice. 

      Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

      Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer.

      Application Deadlines

      Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
      Domestic Applicants Jan 15Feb 15



      International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



      International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



      *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


      Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


      Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.