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Unpublished 3/30/2023; Requested by Jennifer Evans.


The adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner acquires a broad base of knowledge and experience to provide direct healthcare services to those age 13 through the oldest old. The degree focuses on health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses for these age groups. To meet the needs of an aging population, the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner functions primarily in ambulatory care, including clinics, veteran services, home care and other primary care settings. There are a total of 78 credit hours with 1000 clinical hours. Following program completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for national certification.

The adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner graduate is prepared to:

  • synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status for patients of all ages;
  • demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, integrating critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for patients from age 13 through oldest-old;
  • design and implement a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with patients and families;
  • evaluate and revise the documented management plans;
  • apply assessment methodologies and research findings to improve and evaluate the care of older adolescents and adult patients throughout their lifespans;
  • advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across healthcare settings; and
  • model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

Curriculum Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner  
Graduate Nursing Courses  
NURS 601: Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
NURS 602: Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
NURS 603: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice  3 credit hours
NURS 715: Analytical Methods 4 credit hours
NURS 717: Cultural Diversity 2 credit hours
NURS 721: Systems Leadership 5 credit hours
NURS 724: Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
NURS 725: Resource Utilization 4 credit hours
NURS 727: Informatics 3 credit hours
NURS 732: Wellness Promotion 2 credit hours
NURS 733: Evidence Based Practice Seminar 2 credit hours
NURS 734: Patient Management Clinical Application Seminar  2 credit hours
NURS 735: Applications in Population Health 1 credit hours
NURS 736: Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics 2 credit hours
NURS 737: Health Policy Application in APN 1 credit hours
NURS 738: Quality Initiatives in Nursing 1 credit hours
NURS 741: Application of Assessment with Differential Diagnosis 1 credit hours
NURS 772: Strategies for Patient Teaching 4 credit hours
NURS 855: Synthesis of Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
DNP Project Courses  
NURS 866: DNP Project 1 1 credit hours
NURS 867: DNP Project 2 1 credit hours
NURS 868: DNP Project 3 1 credit hours
NURS 871: DNP Project 4 1 credit hours
NURS 872: DNP Project 5 1 credit hours
NURS 873: DNP Project 6 1 credit hours
Graduate Nursing Clinical Core Courses   
NURS 617: Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology  3 credit hours
NURS 618: Advanced Health Assessment  3 credit hours/45 clinical hours
NURS 622: Clinical Pharmacology  3 credit hours
Specialty Courses  620 clinical hours  
NURS 784: Primary Care of Adults and Elders I 5 credit hours
NURS 785: Primary Care of Adults and Elders I 5 credit hours
NURS 786: Primary Care of Adults and Elders I 5 credit hours

Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (