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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

DNP Program Specialization

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) offer direct primary care services to adults of all ages, from adolescents and young adults to older adults. Their focus is on preventive care, including health promotion, disease screening, and prevention strategies.

AGPCNPs employ evidence-based practice to:

  • Identify areas where patients can improve their health.
  • Offer guidance and counseling to help patients reach their health goals.
  • Diagnose and treat both common and complex health problems.
  • Develop and manage treatment plans.
  • Coordinate care with other healthcare professionals when needed.

It is common for AGPCNPs to build long-term relationships with their patients and provide comprehensive care throughout their lifespan, from maintaining wellness to managing chronic conditions. While they often work in outpatient and community clinics, the scope of practice is not setting-specific and is more based on patient needs.

Graduates of the AGPCNP track are eligible for New York State NP certification and meet the educational requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.


Course of Study

The program is open to nurses with a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Admitted students without a prior master's degree in nursing from an accredited program complete 90 credits and 1130 supervised clinical practicum hours.

Students with a prior master's degree in nursing may be eligible for advanced standing, based on an assessment of the student's prior graduate record. Up to 42 credits for master's courses completed with a grade of 'B' or better, including relevant clinical hours completed for the master's degree, may be counted toward the 90 credits required for the DNP degree. Those eligible for advanced standing generally begin the program starting at the post-master's plan of study. DNP Capstone courses require a total of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Course descriptions are available in the Hunter College Graduate Catalog.

Post-Baccalaureate Entry (42 credits)

Nursing Core Courses (12 credits)

NURS 700   Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr)

NURS 702   Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr)

NURS 704   Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 cr)

NURS 749   Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Diverse Pop. (3 cr)

Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 credits)

NURS 717   Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice (3 cr)

NURS 750   Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr)

NURS 751   Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr)

Specialization Courses (18 credits, 630 practicum hours)

NURS 755   Primary Care Nursing I (6 cr, 210 practicum hrs) *Fall only

NURS 757   Primary Care Nursing II (6 cr, 210 practicum hrs) *Spring only

NURS 768   Primary Care Nursing III (6 cr, 210 practicum hrs) *Summer only

Elective (3 credits)

One elective taken any semester (3 cr)

Post-Master's Curriculum (48 credits)

NURS 716   Informatics for Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)

NURS 780   Health Care Ethics in the Life Span (3 cr)

NURS 800   Leading Systems and Organizations (3 cr)

NURS 801   Leadership for Quality Improvement (3 cr)

NURS 802   Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)

NURS 804   Finance and Management of Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)

NURS 810   Clinical Genetics (3 cr)

NURS 850   Health Policy and Population-Focused DNP Practice (3 cr)

PH 750       Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 cr)

PH 752       Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr)

Electives (6 credits)

Two electives taken any semester (6 cr)

DNP Capstone Courses (12 credits, 500 practicum hours)

NURS 90001  Capstone 1: Internship (3 cr, 105 practicum hrs)

NURS 90002  Capstone 2: Proposal Development (3 cr, 105 practicum hrs)

NURS 90003  Capstone 3: Implementation (3 cr, 210 practicum hrs)

NURS 90004  Capstone 4: Evaluation & Dissemination (3 cr, 80 practicum hrs)

Total Credits for Degree: 90


Sample Program Plans

AGPCNP Post-Baccalaureate Plan of Study (PDF)

DNP Post-Master's Plan of Study - All Tracks (PDF)


How to Apply

First, please carefully review our DNP program admission requirements. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.



For questions about the DNP program, please complete our program inquiry form.