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Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner This is a Track

College : NursingDegree : DNP
Department : NursingOption : N/A


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Adult/Gerontology 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 Nurse Practitioner Track allows students to earn an MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This MSN allows students in the DNP program to sit for certification examinations when they have completed the list of courses required. Certification authorizes them to function in the advanced role while they complete the DNP curriculum.


Total Credit Hours Required:
79 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track allows students to earn a MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and therefore requires a minimum of 79 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.These include 48 credit hours of master’s level courses following which students complete an additional 21 credit hours of doctoral level courses, 4 credit hours of DNP Practicum, and 6 credit hours of a DNP Project. A total of 1,000 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP. The part-time plan of study can be completed in 13 semesters and the full-time plan of study in 10 semesters.

Required Courses for the MSN—48 Credit Hours

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are required for the MSN.

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • *NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Concepts (2 credit hours)
  • *NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 clinical credit hour)
  • *NGR 5141 Pathophysiology Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice(3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6801 Research Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—24 Credit Hours

  • *NGR 6200 Gender Related Primary Care (2 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6240 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6240L Adult I Primary Care Clinical (2 clinical credit hours; 120 practicum hours)
  • *NGR 6242 Adult II Primary Care(3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6242L Adult II Primary Care Clinical (2 clinical credit hours; 120 practicum hours)
  • *NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • *NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 clinical credit hours; 120 practicum hours)
  • *NGR 6342L Women’s Health for Advanced Practice Nurses Clinical (1 clinical credit hour; 60 practicum hours)
  • *NGR 6941L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 practicum hours)
  • *Elective (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the DNP—21 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 6723 Nursing Leadership and Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for APN (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)
  • NGR 7827 Concept, Measurement and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)

DNP Practicum Residency—4 Credit Hours

The DNP residency provides an in-depth clinical experience for students. This advanced practicum provides the opportunity to link policy making with clinical systems, translate research into practice and serve as change agents for health care. The clinical residency experience is facilitated by an advanced practice expert clinician/teacher.

  • NGR 7948 DNP Residency (2 credit hours). Repeated once.   Practicum hours depend upon record review of hours completed at MSN level and all totaled the DNP clinical hours will be 1,000 hours.

DNP Project—6 Credit Hours

The DNP Project is the product of the culminating or comprehensive experience of an independent project that demonstrates application of advanced clinical and evidence-based practice. The DNP Project is guided and evaluated by an academic committee and is derived from the practice immersion experience (residency). It will serve as a foundation for future scholarly practice.  

  •  NGR 7974 DNP Project (3 credit hours, repeated once)

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. 

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of "C" in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of "C" or below 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
  • A professional portfolio

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.
  • Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • A written essay of no more than 500 words addressing goals for the DNP program and future professional practice as well as clearly reflecting population specailty track preference (i.e. ANP, FNP or CNS).
  • Resume (two-page limit) which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), and activities with professional organizations.  For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • Three professional recommendations describing your ability to be successful in a DNP program. Include at least one clinical reference preferably from an Advanced Practice Nurse and one academic reference preferably from a nursing faculty member from a graduate program evaluating potential for doctoral study.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.
  • Applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report that is available during the GRE examination.  All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233). 

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office (407-823-2744) to speak 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. Students are admitted to the program in the fall for the program of study; however, spring admissions are possible for a revised plan of study.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations and match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. 

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, 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 Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.