Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) BSN-DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate to DNP

The Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) Pathway is an accelerated track.

Program Information

Dual RoleStudents who apply to and are accepted into this track must complete all course work for both nurse practitioner specialties prior to being awarded the dual degree; a separate degree is not awarded for each specialty.  Students who desire only the FNP specialty must apply to and be accepted into the regular FNP track.  Likewise, students who desire only the AGACNP specialty must apply to and be accepted into the regular AGACNP track.  Students entering the Dual Role track must have at least one year of EMERGENCY or ICU nursing experience.  For applicants without emergency or ICU nursing experience who are accepted, an additional 120 hour clinical course in emergency or ICU nursing will be required prior to entering the NP clinical courses.

Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) Nursing FAQ

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken them.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have one year of nursing experience in the area of Advanced Emergency Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program. 

Clinical Orientation

Students are required to attend two mandatory on-campus orientations that include basic skills and simulation workshops in the Summer before each component of the Dual Role Program. Prior to enrolling in AHN 549, the first clinical course for the FNP Component, students in this program are required to attend FNP orientation and FNP clinical skills intensives.

In the Summer of 2018, students will attend one of the four FNP orientations and clinical skills intensives. Students have the opportunity to request their preferred group on a first come, first serve basis through the simulation department after the request is sent out during the Spring.

FNP Orientation Dates:
Group 1- July 17-18, 2018
Group 2- July 19-20, 2018
Group 3- July 24-25, 2018
Group 4- July 26-27, 2018

In the following year, prior to enrolling in AHN 553, the first clinical course for the AGACNP Component, students will return to campus for AGACNP orientation and acute care clinical skills intensives.

In the Summer of 2018, students will attend one of the three AGACNP orientation and clinical skills intensives. Students have the opportunity to request their preferred group on a first come, first serve basis through the simulation department after the request is sent out during the Spring.

AGACNP Orientation Dates:
Group 1- July 31 - August 1, 2018
Group 2- August 2-3, 2018
Group 3- August 6-7, 2018

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.

Curriculum

MSN to DNP for Certified Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP)

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

MSN to DNP Adding Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP)

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

BSN to DNP Pathway

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

Contacts

Please feel free to contact Dr. Maryanne Bolton for more information about this specialty: mbolton@southalabama.edu .