The primary care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner concentration prepares the nurse for a leadership role in the health-care system. Clinical and theoretical content focuses on systems thinking, evidence-based practice, and translational research as related to the primary health-care needs of adults across the age spectrum, in consultation and collaboration with primary care physicians and other health-care providers. The curriculum includes 600 hours of clinical practice in the advanced practice role and 510 practicum hours for the D.N.P. role. The curriculum prepares the student to be certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner by the state of California, the American Nurses Certification Corporation, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

CoreTheoryClinicalTotal Units
NGRD 650Advanced Role Development and Collaboration4.0404.0
NGRD 651Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice4.0404.0
NGRD 652Health-Care Systems Leadership4.0404.0
NGRD 653Health Systems Policy Development and Advocacy4.0404.0
NGRD 654Social Determinants of Health14.0404.0
NGRD 655Health Systems Finance4.0404.0
NGRD 656Outcomes Assessment for Strategic Planning4.0404.0
NGRD 657Intermediate Statistics4.0404.0
NGRD 658Nursing Research and Translational Science4.0404.0
NGRD 659Professional Writing for Nurse Leaders4.0404.0
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3.0303.0
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3.0303.0
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3.0303.0
NGAG 509Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Skills Laboratory1.0301.0
NGRD 621Pharmacology in Advanced Practice I2.0202.0
NGRD 622Pharmacology in Advanced Practice II3.0303.0
NGRD 624Advanced Health Assessment4.0404.0
NGRD 625Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology4.0404.0
NGAG 500Gerontological Health and Wellness2.0202.0
NGAG 501Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner I3.1331.9605.0
NGAG 502Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner II3.0303.0906.0
NGAG 503Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner III6.01202.01208.0
NGAG 504Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner IV6.01202.01208.0
NGAG 505Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner V: Practicum1.0107.02108.0
D.N.P. Project
NGRD 667Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquiry Proposal Project1.8201.2403.0
NGRD 669ADNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669BDNP Practice Inquiry Project4.01204.0
NGRD 669CDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0802.0
NGRD 669DDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669EDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
NGRD 669FDNP Practice Inquiry Project2.0602.0
Overall Totals84.997334.11170119.0

Fulfills service learning requirement


Prior to graduation, students are required to submit an online professional portfolio. Documentation of 510 doctoral leadership practice hours will be included in the portfolio.

Normal time to complete the program

Four years (15 academic quarters)—based on less than full-time enrollment.