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The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) program is a full time, cohort model designed to be completed in 3 years (8 semesters). A total of 77 credits are required to complete the program. The AG-PCNP program prepares students to provide comprehensive primary care services to young, older, and elderly adult patients in a variety of community and long-term care settings.

Special emphasis is placed on the delivery of care to vulnerable populations in an evolving healthcare delivery system. The program consists of core advanced practice nursing courses with specialty courses in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. The specialty track offers 720 supervised clinical hours. Students are prepared to take the national certification exam in the AG-PCNP specialty area in the last semester of the program.

The AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006), NONPF Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Content (NONPF, 2017) and the AACN Common Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Doctoral-Level Competencies (AACN, 2017) are integrated throughout the program and guide program outcomes. Planning is underway to transition the curriculum to address the 2021 AACN The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education.

The DNP curriculum includes 315 supervised hours for completion of the DNP project. The supervised clinical hours with the DNP project hours complete the 1,000 supervised hours required to obtain the DNP degree.

Curriculum

Note: Sequence of courses may change due to availability of courses. Enrollment in equivalent courses in other UH schools or offered by NEXus may be taken to ensure timely student progression. Students participate in a mandatory orientation during the first week of instruction each semester.

Year 1
27 credits
Fall
9 credits
NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 662 Leadership, Role Identity, and Organizational/System Change (3)
Spring
9 credits
NURS 612 Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning (2)
NURS 612L Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning Lab (1)
NURS 616 Mental Health in Primary Care (3)
NURS 621 Acute and Episodic Care Management (3)
Summer
9 credits
NURS 640 Chronic Illness Management (3)
NURS 676 Primary Care I Seminar: Health Assessment (1)
NURS 676L Primary Care I Lab Health Assessment (2)
NURS 695 Successful Aging: Physiologic (3)
Year 2
29 credits
Fall
10 credits
NURS 677 Primary Care II Seminar: Management of the Adult with Acute & Chronic Conditions  (1)
NURS 677L Primary Care II Lab  Management of the Adult with Acute & Chronic Conditions  (2)
NURS 701 Advanced Gerontology: Promotion and Maintenance (3)
NURS 730 Principles of Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Nursing (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Spring
11 credits
NURS 635 Women’s Health: Promotion and Maintenance (3)
NURS 678 Primary Care III Seminar – Special Populations (Peds, Gero, Women) (1)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab (intermediate level) Special Populations (3)
NURS 735 Effective Program Evaluation for Quality Improvement (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Summer
8 credits
NURS 615 Clinical Skills and Procedures for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab (intermediate level) Special Populations (3)
NURS 681 Diagnosis & Management of Complex Care Across the Lifespan) (2)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Year 3
21 credits
Fall
11 credits
NURS 607 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 642 Healthcare Technology and Informatics (3)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab (intermediate level) Special Populations (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)
Spring
10 credits
NURS 679 Primary Care IV Seminar – Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (2)
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab (advanced level) – Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (3)
NURS 740 Health Policy & Economics (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)

Total Number of Credits: 77 credits

Curriculum effective for DNP cohorts entering: Fall 2021

Current students refer to STAR for their individualized curriculum pathway.

Approved by committee: October 6, 2020

Page updated: August 27, 2021

Nursing Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner DNP degree and successfully obtained national certification in their respective field, the Hawaii Board of Nursing determines the applicant’s eligibility to obtain an APRN state license, which will allow the licensee to function as an APRN in the State of Hawaii. UH Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing is unable to confirm that the Nursing program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaii and recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student will practice.

Contact

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Aeza Hafalia, M.Ed
DNP Program Coordinator & NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator

Contact for applicants and current students in the DNP program and the NEXus Program.

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-8401
Fax: 808-956-5977
Email: dnpnurs@hawaii.edu

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Rick Ramirez, DNP, APRN-Rx, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CPEN
DNP Program Director, AGPCNP Specialty Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 440
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-4865
Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: rjr64@hawaii.edu

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