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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Curriculum

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care 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 82 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. These include 42 credit hours of master’s level courses following which students complete an additional 40 credit hours of doctoral level courses including 9 credit hours of a DNP Project. A total of 1,020 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP. Details about this program are located in the Adult-Gerontology DNP Handbook.

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimension of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the MSN—42 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological 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 (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6240L Adult I Clinical for APNs (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6202L Adult II Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

Required Courses for the DNP—40 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 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7748L Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for APN (1 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7911C DNP Project 1 (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7912C DNP Project 2 (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7913 DNP Project 3 (3 credit hours)

Progress to Degree

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