Adult Nurse Practitioner


The Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Program prepares advanced practitioners to provide primary care to adults.  The ANP has the unique scope of practice to combine the caring, teaching and other domains of nursing in conjunction with diagnosis and treatment of clients seeking health promotion or illness prevention.

Graduates of the program have a wide range of positions in ambulatory care including collaborative roles with private physicians, clinics, or other health agencies and opening their own practices in urban, suburban, or rural areas.  Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The ANP has a combined clinical and functional role.  Courses that prepare for this role include: Family Processes or Mind/Body/Aging, Diagnostic Health Assessment, Adult and Geriatric Care (theory and practicum), Individualized Clinical Study in Advanced Nursing Practice, and Advanced Clinical Practice Roles.  The cognate course in the ANP program is Advanced Physiology.  Other required courses are Advanced Pharmacology in Acute and Chronic Care, and Health, Healing and Self-Care.  An elective allows students to expand an area of interest.

The practitioner role necessitates a strong clinical background.  Therefore, applicants need to have at least one year's full time experience (2000 hours) as a registered professional nurse before beginning NP clinical courses.  The autonomous and collaborative roles of the nurse practitioner in primary care demand socialization into those roles, knowledge of multiple practice models, and development of accountability for direct provision of health care services.  Clinical experiences with faculty and preceptors provide a variety of experience with physicians and nurse practitioners, in varied geographic locations, and with clients from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds.  There are intensive clinical placements with preceptors.  A total of 500 clinical hours and 42 credits are required in order to meet the changing professional expectations in this practice area.

Individualized program plans are made for each student to progress through the curriculum.  Each student is expected to maintain a current plan in order for course needs can be anticipated.  The program takes a minimum of two years full-time study; it can be taken on a part-time basis within a maximum of a seven year time frame.

Adult Nurse Practitioner Curriculum – (Total 42 Credits)

Courses for all clinical tracks: (15 Credits) --  * Course should be taken early in program.

*Nursing 558 - Paradigms and Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) Fall (F), Spring (S), & check course offering for
Summer Session III (SS)

*Nursing 559 - Nursing in a Sociopolitical Environment (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)
F, S, 
check course offering for SS III

Nursing 649 - Transforming Advanced Practice Roles (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)
Pre-requisites: Nsg 558, 559, and 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours).

Research Courses (6 Crs.) -- Recommended pre-requisites - Nsg 558 & a clinical course.

Nursing 508 - Nursing Research Methods (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) F & S,
Pre-requisites: Statistics, Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Nursing 611 - Research Seminar (3 crs.) F & S, Pre-req: Nsg 508

Cognate Course (3 Credits)

*Biology 560 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs)  F & S

Nursing Elective Course (3 Credits)  Recommend students work with academic advisor.

Supporting Courses (9 Credits)

Nursing 610 - Family Processes
(3 crs. = Theory - 2 crs. - 25 hrs; Clinical - 1 cr. - 40 hrs), S only,

Gerontology 510 – Mind/Body/Agining (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs), F only,
Pre-requisite: Nsg 558

Students who chose to take Gerontology 510 in lieu of Nsg 610 will be expected to complete an additional 40 clinical hours in Nursing 623 (Total = 280 clinical Hrs.)

Nursing 622 - Advanced Pharmacology in Acute and Chronic Care
(3 crs. = Theory - 37.5 hrs) S only,
Pre-requisite: Bio 560/ Bio 553 

Nursing 636 - Health, Healing and Self-Care
(3 crs. = Theory - 2.5 crs. - 31 hrs; Clinical - 0.5 cr. – 20 hrs) F & S,
Pre-requisite: Nsg 558, Nsg 559

Clinical Courses (9 Credits) 

Nursing 619 - Diagnostic Health Assessment (3 crs. = Theory - 1.5 crs. – 19.5 hrs; Clinical - 1.5 crs. – 40 hrs), F only, Pre-requisite: Bio 560/Bio 553 & 1 year RN experience (2,000 hours)
Successful completion of a Health Assessment Examination is required for entry into Nsg 619 (fee).  Nsg 619 is required as pre-requisite for all subsequent clinical courses.

Nursing 621A - Adult and Geriatric Health Care (3 crs. Theory - 37.5 hrs) S only, Prerequisites: Nsg 558, 619, 622

Nursing 621B - Adult and Geriatric Health Care (3 crs. = 6 hr Clinical Seminar; Internship (a minimum of 200 hrs), F only, Pre-requisite: Nsg 621A

Functional Area Courses (3 Credits) – Nurse Practitioner

Nursing 623 – Individualized Study in Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice (3 crs. = Theory - 12.5 hr clinical seminar; Internship - a minimum of 240 hrs), F & S,
Pre-requisites: Nsg 621A & B