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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP) Program Information
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The Role of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in the adult-gerontology primary care (DNP) program prepares graduates to function as nurse practitioners for adolescents to older adults. The emphasis of the program is on health promotion and disease prevention and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic conditions in a variety of primary care settings across the adult lifespan. The focus of the DNP adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program is the management of common health problems experienced by adolescents to older adults with an emphasis on evidence based practice, interprofessional teamwork, and improving patient outcomes. The student gains an in-depth knowledge of research, quality and safety, critical decision-making, differential diagnosis and patient/case management related to a) promotion, maintenance and/or restoration of health; b) optimal functioning; and c) patient-centered care.
The changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The BSN/MSN-DNP curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.
Important Program Information 
Program Highlights and Opportunities
The Rush Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report!
  • Rush University College of Nursing DNP programs are available to both bachelor's- and master's-prepared students wishing to attain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
  • Coursework is available in both on-campus and online formats (The Summer of 2014 cohort will be the last cohort offered an online option, beginning in Fall of 2015 the program will only be offered on-campus).
  • The program features accessible clinical practice sites with an individualized clinical practica precepted by expert health care practitioners.
  • Career opportunities for adult-gerontology advanced practice nurses encompass a variety of health care settings, including primary care, retirement centers, nursing homes, ambulatory clinics, home care agencies, hospital-based skilled nursing facilities and special hospital-based geriatric programs.  
  •  AGPCNPs function independently and collaboratively with a variety of adult and gerontological care providers to deliver quality, evidence-based care that will maximize patient care outcomes.
Certification and Accreditation

Completion of the adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing program currently provides eligibility for certification as an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) and a gerontological nurse practitioner (GNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, as well as state licensure/certification where available. The new Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model has merged adult and gerontological populations into one population and eventually one certification exam. The dual program provides preparation for this new certification exam and the ability to take the gerontological advanced practice specialization exam. 

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