Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Kentucky State University is a 72 credit hours (9 semesters) BSN-DNP online program with emphasis in the care of adults. Courses are completed online and clinical/residency hours are to be completed in the student’s region with an approved preceptor/mentor. Course content is based on the DNP Essentials. The DNP curriculum is a program designed to prepare the RN with the BSN degree to function in the role of an advanced practice nurse caring for patient ages 13 and beyond (Adult-Gerontology) with a variety primary care settings.

To satisfy the requirements for graduation, the student must complete 72 semester credit hours of course work and 1080 hours of time in the clinical setting with qualified preceptors. The student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. The DNP curriculum is congruent with established standards for clinical doctorate programs, includes appropriate advanced nursing practice competencies, role specific professional standards and guidelines, and certification requirements. In addition, it has clearly articulated student learning outcomes and program outcomes consistent with contemporary practice.

The advanced practice nursing curriculum emphasizes competence, accountability, and legal, ethical standards in the practice of the profession, and evidence based practice. The curriculum includes cultural, ethnic, and socially diverse concepts and also includes knowledge from regional, national or global perspectives.

Graduates of the DNP program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies, which are aligned with the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the ACEN Standards for Clinical Doctorate, including:


  • Scientific Foundation competencies
  • Leadership competencies
  • Quality competencies
  • Practice Inquiry competencies
  • Policy competencies
  • Health Delivery System competencies
  • Ethics competencies
  • Independent Practice competencies


Graduates of the BSN-DNP program will demonstrate leadership skills and knowledge in advanced nursing care and clinical outcomes to ensure patient safety. Specifically, End of Program Student Learning Outcomes to be demonstrated by graduates of this program are as follows:


  • Utilize epidemiologic, scientific findings from nursing and other clinical disciplines, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences, to develop practice initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery.
  • Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care.
  • Provide organizational and systems leadership to develop care delivery models that are fiscally responsible and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse organizational cultures.
  • Engage in clinical scholarship to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based efforts in the planning and practice of health care program delivery to individuals and communities.
  • Utilize theories, concepts, and analytic methodologies to design, implement, and evaluate practice by applying evidence to transform nursing system.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals, consumers, and other stakeholders to influence health policy and health promotion/disease prevention endeavors at the local, state, federal, and/or international levels that improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Implement the highest level of advanced nursing care to produce high quality, cost-effective outcomes for diverse patient populations.
  • Contribute to the knowledge of best-practices nursing interventions and the dissemination of outcomes through professional writing and presentations.
  • Develop practice standards based on the integration of ethics and evidence-based nursing care.

The School of Nursing is responsible for all components of the program, including the selection, supervision, and evaluation of Nursing students, and the curriculum—both didactic and clinical. The curriculum includes cultural, ethnic, and socially diverse concepts and may also include experience from regional, national or global perspectives. Throughout the program, the focus is on the adult-gerontology primary care advanced practice nurse as a leader for the interdisciplinary health team, working with physicians, mental health providers, social workers, and other healthcare professionals to meet the health care needs of patients in a diverse environment.



Criminal Background Check

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) requires all misdemeanor and felony convictions occurring in Kentucky or any other states well as federal and military convictions be reported to the KBN. Conviction of certain felonies will cause a “Notice to Deny Licensure” to be issued to applicants seeking to write the nursing licensure examination. In accordance with this policy. The School of Nursing requires that each student submit a criminal background check to the School of Nursing prior to admission to the program.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

All students enrolled in Nursing Courses are required to have CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification, i.e., They must be certified in Adult, Child, and infant CPR as well as the use of the AED. This training must be from an approved CPR American Heart Association curriculum. Each student must keep a current CPR card on file in the School of Nursing.



In addition to the health form submitted to the University Student Health Service, each nursing student must have a completed School of Nursing immunization form on file. All immunizations required by the clinical facility must be current. The immunization form will be provided by the School of Nursing.



Nursing students pay the same general fees and tuition as do other students at the University. However, students in the Nursing program may incur additional expenses for uniforms, lab jackets, name badge, nursing emblem, liability insurance, stethoscope, bandage scissors, wrist watch with second hand, laboratory, travel fees, as well as criminal background check(s) and drug screen prior to admission.


After any interruption of studies at Kentucky State University, a DNP student may be required to apply for readmission to the program. Students who have an interruption in the course sequence, will be considered on a space-available basis and must meet the current academic qualifications for readmission. Students have 7 years to complete the DNP program once they begin the first course in the program.

Admission Criteria:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates without 3.0 GPA MUST have 2 years of successful nursing experience
  • Candidates without 3.0 GPA MUST have outstanding references and maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first semester nursing graduate studies to remain in the program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in any state where licensed
  • Strongly Recommend Graduate Research and Statistics Courses
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency, nursing leadership potential and personal character.
  • Personal statement/philosophy
  • Exams such as GRE, MAT are not required and nationally have not proven to be a predictor of success in graduate nursing programs


Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP

9 Semester/3-year Program of Study

Semester One
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 700 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 701 Analysis of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 702 Epidemiology in Health Care 3
Semester Two
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 703 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 704 Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 705 Evidence Based Practice/Quality Improvement in Health Care 3
Semester Three
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 706 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUR 707 Advanced Nursing Care for Vulnerable Populations 3
Semester Four
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 800 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing I 3
NUR 801 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing I Practicum 3
NUR 802 Health-Systems Assessment 3
Semester Five
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 804 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing II 3
NUR 805 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing II Practicum 3
NUR 806 Research Design and Methods 3
Semester Six
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 807 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing III 3
NUR 808 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing III Practicum 3
Semester Seven
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 809 Diversity & Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice 3
NUR 900 Advanced Practice Leadership and Management 3
NUR 901 Advanced Practice Leadership and Management Practicum 3
Semester Eight
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 902 Residency I Practicum 3
NUR 903 Healthcare Policy 3
Semester Nine
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 905 Residency II 3
NUR 906 DNP Focused Course 3
NUR 907 DNP Project 3
1080 Clinical Hours                                                                                TOTAL


ELECTIVES (Not Required)
NUR 699 Advanced Statistics in Nursing 3
NUR 708 Psychopharmacology 3


DNP Nursing student Handbook 2016-2017



Elizabeth Jones DNP, APRN, BC
DNP Program
Kentucky State University
400 E. Main St.
Frankfort, Ky. 40601

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