The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurse practitioners with extensive clinical practice and role preparation for advanced practice in adult-gerontology primary care. Villanova Nursing students  work with physicians and nurse practitioner preceptors, and are given access to a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings.


Complete your Core Courses Online or On Campus.

Villanova's seven core courses prepare students with the foundational knowledge required of all graduate students and can be taken on campus or online.
Clinical courses must be completed in-person and enable students to build on existing skills, broaden the knowledge base related to Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and gain the knowledge and skills essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings.

Clinical Placement

Villanova Nursing secures MSN student clinical placement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Nurse preceptors will serve as mentors and role models throughout the clinical practice experience. Our graduates are highly respected for their knowledge and expertise and are employed in primary care settings across the country. Graduates also have the option to continue in the DNP program.


At completion of this track, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in delivering safe, effective quality care of clients in primary care.
  • Demonstrate competence in managing the health/ illness status of clients in primary care.
  • Advocate within the health care delivery system on behalf of clients in primary care.
  • Ensure quality health care for clients in primary care.
  • Incorporate an understanding of family systems and dynamics in planning and providing primary health care for clients.
  • Demonstrate leadership and competence in implementing the role of the primary care nurse practitioner
  • Engage in counseling, communication, collaboration and teaching in a manner that reflects caring, advocacy, ethics and professional standards.
  • Conceptualize one's individual role as a primary care nurse practitioner and one's personal philosophy of primary care practice.

Core Courses: Complete in-person or online.

NUR 8964

Clinical Ethics:  Theory and Practice


NUR 8904

Nursing Research: The Practice Connection


NUR 8902

Development of Nursing Science


NUR 8906

Leadership Strategies in Nursing



Support Courses: Complete in-person or online.

NUR 8903

Advanced Pharmacology


NUR 8901

Advanced Pathophysiology


NUR 8910

Advanced Physical Assessment


NUR 8615

Issues Across the Life Span






Clinical Courses: Completed in-person within Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey.

NUR 8609

Clinical Management in Adulthood I


NUR 8610

Practicum in Adulthood I (120 hours)


NUR 8611

Clinical Management in Adulthood II  


NUR 8612

Practicum in Adulthood II (305 hours)


NUR 8613

Clinical Management in Adulthood III


NUR 8614

Practicum in Adulthood III Primary Care II (305 hours)



Dr. Elizabeth Blunt, Director Nurse Practitioner Programs

Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean, Graduate Program 

Elizabeth Blunt, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAANP
Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs

Jan Campbell 
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs



MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Director, PhD Program

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA
Program Director, Post-baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Sandi Schultz
Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

Villanova Graduate Nursing Program