Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program



Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Tracks


Post Baccalaureate Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks
Those enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program will choose one of the following two tracks and concentrate on that specific area of Primary Care Nurse Practice, completing the curriculum and clinical work that pertains to that specific area of focus. The curriculum for both tracks is intentionally designed to achieve the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials and Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies published by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).


Track 1—Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP):

This program of study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (A-GNP-DNP) is designed for a professional registered nurse (RN) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). Through this track students are expected to complete adult gerontology nurse practitioner related courses along with Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical leadership coursework. Graduates will be eligible to take a national certification examination(s). Once credentialed as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN), the graduate will be able to apply to the PA State Board of Nursing as an A-GNP Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). The A-GNP-DNP Program does not provide an allowance for students who solely want to be certified as a CRNP at the master’s level.

Track Overview:

  • Full-time students can expect to graduate in approximately three to three and a half years
  • Part-time students can expect to graduate in approximately four to four and a half years
  • 67 credits theoretical and clinical coursework
  • 1050 hours required clinical experience


Curriculum Overview:
 
The A-GNP-DNP program of study is designed for students to complete adult-gerontology nurse practitioner-related courses offered in an on-line blended format. The program of study culminates in DNP Clinical Leadership-related coursework. Graduates will be eligible to take a national certification examination(s). Once credentialed as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN), the graduate will be able to apply to the PA State Board of Nursing as an A-GNP Certified Registered nurse practitioners (CRNP). The A-GNP-DNP Program does not provide an allowance for students who solely want to be certified as a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) at the master’s level.


Track 2—Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP):

The Family Nurse Practitioner program of study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP-DNP) is designed for a professional registered nurse with a BSN. The FNP-DNP program of study is designed for students to complete adult gerontology nurse practitioner-related courses followed by additional family nurse practitioner-related courses. The program of study culminates in DNP Clinical Leadership-related coursework.

Track Overview:

  • Full-time students can expect to graduate in approximately three and a half to four years
  • Part-time students can expect to graduate in approximately four and a half to six years
  • 79 credits theoretical and clinical coursework
  • 1350 hours required clinical experience


Curriculum Overview:

Curriculum Overview: The FNP-DNP program of study is designed for students to complete adult-gerontology nurse practitioner-related courses, and then take additional family health nurse practitioner-related courses offered in an on-line blended format. The program of study culminates in DNP Clinical Leadership-related coursework.



Learn more about our Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner tracks curriculum and Clinical Leadership Program curriculum.

Contact Us


Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education
540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367
kelly.burr@alvernia.edu





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