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The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) track prepares students for advanced practice nursing in the primary health care of adults. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality healthcare services for a wide range of problems from acute, chronic and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are precepted in community or outpatient-based settings.

Course Delivery: The DNP program requires a mandatory summer residency every year at our Kansas City campus. The visit is part of coursework that allows you to develop tools for success, peer support, role acquisition and mentoring on project activities with specific courses. There are clinical residencies that are scheduled during the semesters you are enrolled in a clinical course. Clinical rotations can be arranged near your physical location.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. BSN or MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  2. The GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree) or a minimum of 3.2 for their MSN.
  3. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  4. The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying).
  5. Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B
  6. A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
  7. Personal interviews are required.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, OR, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15


  • NURSE 5529Ethics in Advanced Practice & Research3 Credits

    Advanced nursing practice, ethics, and research are intricately connected. This course is designed to explore the content necessary to apply ethical principles to complex issues encountered in advanced nursing practice. Essential ethical principles include assuring the common good through the continual presence of respect for human dignity, autonomy, beneficence, and distributive justice, as those apply to the integration of advanced practice and research. Graduate prepared nurses are responsible for impacting individual care, the care of populations, and environmental health, therefore advocacy for social justice and ethical health care policy are also discussed.

  • NURSE 5544Advanced Health Assessment Skills2 Credits

    This course provides a systematic approach to collection and documentation of advanced health/physical assessment, including the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiological changes, psychosocial and cultural variations of the patient. The assessment should be conducted within the context of the family and community, incorporating cultural and developmental variations, and the needs of the patient. The course consists of one hour of didactic/discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5526Health Promotion Across the Lifespan3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide students with a strong knowledge base related to concepts of health promotion and health protection for clients across the life span. Clients are conceptualized as individuals, families and populations. An application of various developmental theories for the child, adult, older adult and family will provide the basis to individualize health-care needs for various age and family groups. Core concepts for the course include: theories of health and health promotion and protection, reasoned action, health belief model, epidemiology, disease and injury prevention, health education, growth and development, nutrition, and family systems theory.

  • NURSE 5527Cultural Diversity & Values3 Credits

    This course explores how each individual’s life context (social, political, historical, and economic) and culture construct their individual’s values, beliefs and behaviors. Applying multi-disciplinary concepts and theory, the course expands students’ basic knowledge of cultural diversity, approaches to culture and cultural competency, values and ethics, theories of moral development, cultural assessment skills, and ethical decision-making models for clinical practice. Ethical dilemmas created by differing cultural values and the role of health professionals in leading ethical decision-making are explored. Core concepts for the course include: cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill, cultural encounter, values clarification, and ethical analysis.

  • NURSE 5528Healthcare Policy & Advocacy3 Credits

    This course is designed to focus on the integral relationship between health care policy and advocacy. Content will include principles and processes related to U.S. health policy and politics in relation to the overall system and issues of cost, quality and access; interrelationships between policy, political trends, and quality of care and access at the point of service; elimination of health care disparities, ethical and obligatory values related to the role of the health care professional.

  • NURSE 5547ADiagnostic Reasoning/Advanced Assessment4 Credits

    This course emphasizes utilization of advanced health/physical assessment skills, interpretation of diagnostic testing and lab values, validation, documentation and analysis of findings through diagnostic reasoning to develop and process differential diagnosis. The course consists of two hours of didactic/ discussion and one hour of clinical/lab credit (45 clock hours).

  • NURSE 5548Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3 Credits

    Advanced pathophysiology is the study of the alterations of normal physiological functioning in cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems. These alterations form the basis for understanding a variety of pathophysiological conditions and the manifestations and impact of abnormal physiological functioning on clients across the life-span. Advanced pathophysiology deals with both generalized processes and major organ system dysfunctions. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion per week and individual self study.

  • NURSE 5549Pharmacology Across the Life Span for Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits

    This is a course in clinical pharmacotherapeutics that builds on prior knowledge of drug classification, actions, interactions and adverse drug reactions. The major focus of the course is the pharmacotherapeutic prescribing of medications for primary health care management across the life span by advanced practice nurses. The Missouri laws for advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority will be addressed. This course consists of three hours of lecture/discussion/in-class clinical module work per week.

  • NURSE 5549RPharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics: Application for Graduate-Prepared Nurses1 Credit

    This course builds on prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Drug classes are reviewed in preparation for advanced clinical judgment. The principles for decision-making about drug selection, use and monitoring are explored. General principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are discussed. Pertinent patient education concerning select pharmacotherapeutics agents is reviewed.

  • NURSE 5550Theoretical Foundations in Nursing3 Credits

    This course focuses on critical analysis of theory and the utilization of various levels of nursing and related theories as a base for nursing at the graduate level. It further examines the inter-relationship of theory, research and practice in the development of a scientific body of nursing knowledge. The student will analyze methods by which knowledge is gained and validated. Students will synthesize several different theories from which to form the basis of their practice. Relationships of theory, practice and research will be discussed.

  • NURSE 5555Nursing Research3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare graduate nursing students to utilize research findings in order to provide high quality health care and improve nursing practice. This knowledge includes fundamentals of research methods, procedures for the evaluation of research and the application of research findings to clinical practice and organizational decision making.

  • NURSE 5564APrimary Care of Adults I Where "A' is used, substitute your emphasis area, e.g. "F"3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare nurse practitioner students to manage common health problems of adults. The focus is on developmentally appropriate preventive health care and management of common acute/episodic illnesses. Students will integrate role competencies, professional standards, and legal requirements essential to the NP role. Core content includes differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, adherence, anticipatory guidance, patient/family education, legal and professional issues, standards of practice, and advanced practice role competencies. This course consist of 3 credit hours of didactic and 2 credit hours of clinical (165 hours). Clinical practice and clinical seminar comprise the clinical experience.

  • NURSE 5566APrimary Care of Adult-Gerontology II5 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (NP) students in the care and management of adults with chronic health problems. The focus is on the differentiation and therapeutic management of chronic health problems encountered in various health care settings. The course enables students to develop a research and theory based practice for disease state management of health care for adults. Core concepts: theories, grief and loss, chronicity and pain; and advanced nursing skills. This five credit hour course consists of three credit hours of didactic/discussion per week and 165 hours (2 credit hours) of clinical/lab per semester.

  • NURSE 5601Clinical Institute I1 Credit

    This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a graduate student. Students utilize theory, evidence based practice/research, and clinical expertise to become expert practitioners in their population foci. Content includes relevant UMKC policies and procedures, technology utilization to conduct library literature searches, access to course content on electronic platforms, and planning for success in graduate school. The literature review search progresses to application of the content, through written and verbal communication. Techniques building on critical thinking skills to start clinical diagnostic reasoning skills are introduced along with graduate school expectations and outcomes.

  • NURSE 5602Healthcare Systems & Leadership3 Credits

    This course focuses on the DNP as leader within the complex health care industry. Utilizing information technology, an in-depth study of the socio-political, economic, cultural and historical background of the American health care system & the system of health professions will form the foundation for exploration of leadership needs & the DNP leadership role.

  • NURSE 5608Theory Development I3 Credits

    The philosophical underpinnings of nursing and the theoretical development of nursing science will be explored in this course. The discipline of nursing and the relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice will be discussed. Students will analyze nursing and non-nursing theories for research or clinical questions. Students will identify a theoretical framework to guide their research or evidence-based practice project.

  • NURSE 5609Clinical Institute II1 Credit

    This course will provide interactive sessions to develop skills necessary to develop evidenced based practice projects. Literature search strategies, focused on the synthesis and integration of evidence (literature) that supports the problem, intervention, and outcome measurement will be presented. Institutional Review Board (IRB) and essential ethical components will be discussed. Opportunities for project dissemination including posters, presentations and manuscripts will be explored.

  • NURSE 5611Healthcare Economics & Quality3 Credits

    This course focuses on the principles of, and complex relationship between, cost and efficiency and effectiveness and health care quality outcomes. Economic perspectives and needs from industry, organizations, providers and consumers will all be examined. Throughout the course, issues regarding the inextricable link between cost and quality within the complex healthcare environment will be examined and addressed, with emphasis on DNP nurse intervention and leadership.

  • NURSE 5613Application of Evidence-based Practice I3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide an analytic and systematic approach to evaluate evidence- based research and guidelines used in clinical practice. The course builds on methods of evidence-based practice (EBP), theoretical foundations, ethical principles, research design, and statistical analyses. The student will develop an evidence-based approach to address a clinical question and to construct an integrative literature review. In the course, an EPB project is designed to provide quality health care. The project plan incorporates the integrative literature review, scientific methods, outcome measurement, and data analysis.

  • NURSE 5621AClinical III7 Credits

    This course will provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge from previous graduate courses to advanced primary care nursing of adults and geriatrics. The focus is to demonstrate refined advanced assessment, diagnosis, and treatment skills in clinical practice as appropriate in areas of specialization related to multiple disease processes associated in the care of adults and geriatrics. This practice will be based on the application of evidence in the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, interprofessional practice and nursing science arenas. This course consists of 3 credit hours of lecture/discussion and 330 hours (4 credit hours) of clinical.

  • NURSE 5623AAdvanced Nursing Practice: Synthesis Practicum5 Credits

    This course is a concentrated, experiential, supervised clinical opportunity to function at the highest level of advanced nursing practice. The focus is on the synthesis and application of previous theory, primary care, and specialty clinical courses. Students will be expected to apply advanced clinical decision making skills and evidence based practice guidelines to the assessment, management, and evaluation of complex healthcare problems. Core concepts include integrated nursing science with knowledge of ethical, legal, and health policy issues. Students will obtain a minimum of 330 hours of clinical/conferences and one hour of didactic content for the semester.

  • NURSE 5629Clinical Institute III Project Data; Presentation2 Credits

    This course is designed to synthesize all previous course work. The students will utilize education, knowledge and experiences to complete their final DNP project data collection and evaluation of a “tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion experience” (AACN Essentials 2006, p. 20). Individual student work may take a variety of forms, but will include the multi-faceted elements required of evidence evaluation and utilization, systematic analysis, and dissemination of project data to support best practice.

  • NURSE 5637Healthcare Outcomes and Epidemiology2 to 3 Credit

    This course is an application of basic epidemiologic principles. This course provides the foundation for assessment and evaluation of health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems. Concepts introduced include fundamentals of epidemiology, determinants of health, screening, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance. The course includes content on descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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