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 29-30, 2019
  • Group 2- July 31-Aug 1, 2019
  • Group 3- Aug 5-6, 2019
  • Group 4- Aug 7-8, 2019
  • Group 5- Aug 12-13, 2019

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 2019, 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 15-16, 2019
  • Group 2- July 17-18, 2019
  • Group 3- July 23-24, 2019

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

BSN-DNP students complete all support, MSN core, MSN specialty, DNP Core, DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses for a total of 81 credit hours.  Both MSN and DNP degrees must be completed within seven years. The MSN portion must be completed within the first five years of the program.

MSN-DNP students Adding a New Specialty must complete the support courses if they have not previously completed the courses in their MSN program.  They must complete the Dual Role specialty courses and support courses, if need, to complete the Post Graduate Certificate. The MSN Core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses are required for completion of the DNP degree.  This program is a total of 72 or 81 credit hours, if support courses are needed. The Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within two calendar years. The student has seven years to complete both the Post Graduate Certificate and DNP degree for this program.

MSN-DNP for Advanced Practice Roles must only complete the MSN core, DNP core, and DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency courses to complete the DNP degree. This is a total of 36 credit hours.  The student has a total of five years to complete the degree requirements.

Support Courses

NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credits

NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credits

NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credits

MSN Core Courses

NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credits

NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 credits

NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credits

NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credits

Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP) Specialty Courses

AHN 538 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues 2 credits

AHN 548 - Family Primary Care NP I 4 credits

AHN 549 - Family Primary Care NP Practicum I - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

AHN 550 - Family Primary Care NP II 4 credits

AHN 551 - Family Primary Care NP Practicum II- 300 Clinical Hours 5 credits

AHN 552 - Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 4 credits

AHN 553 - Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credits

AHN 554 - Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 4 credits

AHN 555 - Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II - 300 Clinical Hours 5 credits

DNP Core Courses

NU 611 - Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 credits

NU 612 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 credits

NU 615 - Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3 credits

NU 616 - Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 credits

Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP) DNP Project Planning & Development and Residency

NU 600 - DNP Project Planning & Development 3 credits

AHN 617 - Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency I OR

CMN 681 - Family NP Residency I - 180 Specialty Clinical Hours 3 credits

AHN 618-Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency II OR

CMN 682 - Family NP Residency II - 180 Specialty Clinical Hours 3 credits

AHN 619-Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency III OR

CMN 683 - Family NP Residency III - 180 Specialty Clinical Hours 3 credits

 

Contacts

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