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A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in gerontology. If you want to become a clinical expert in advanced nursing, empower other nurses, and effect system wide improvements in care, this may be the degree for you.
Graduates will be eligible for certification from the following bodies:
Official nameDoctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist
Academic homeSinclair School of Nursing
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
- Clinical nurse specialist for aging adults
- Health care services coordinator
- Institutional health care consultant
- Research coordinator
- Clinical instructor
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but an on-campus visit is required for five days during the summer before course work begins for orientation to the DNP program. Additional campus visits will be required throughout the program, approximately once per year.
Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic experience. If already have a master’s degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to study part time, the program is more likely to take you five or six years.
Course work includes
- Diagnosis and treatment of acute, critical and chronic illness
- Improvement and monitoring of quality, safety and performance outcomes
- Teaching clients symptom- and self-management strategies
- Health care policy and finance