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Adult Health/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner DNP

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $973.75 per credit (MN resident); $983.21 per credit (nonresident)
  • Total credits: 
    77
  • Credential: 
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
    3.0
  • Application deadlines: 
    Priority: October 1; Final: February 1
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Nursing

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner specialty of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares registered nurses to provide holistic team-based care for adults and older adults. Graduates from the doctor of nursing program in this specialty are not only prepared to independently manage primary care needs of adults and older adults, but are also prepared to be leaders in health systems with a firm grounding in evidence-based practice and system change.

After graduation, students will be prepared to take the national certification examination for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

This program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Program Format

The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program. All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses and meetings with their advisor.

In addition, beginning in the second year of the program, students in the Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner specialty are expected to be on campus for course work two additional times each semester for one to two days each time. Students also complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.

Recommended 3-Year Program Plan
Recommended 4-year Program Plan

International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.