ADULT-GERONTOLOGY POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

The post-graduate Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed to prepare experienced nurses for career advancement in caring for patients in adult gerontology primary care settings. Clinical courses build on existing skills and broaden knowledge related to the care of adults and older adults, essential to independent or collaborative practice in primary care settings. Students work with physicians and nurse practitioner preceptors in a wide variety of clinical agencies and practice settings.

The Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate is 32 credits and 730 clinical hours. The minimum time for program completion is 1.5 years, and students have up to five years to complete certificate requirements from first enrollment. Support courses are offered on-campus at Villanova University or online, while clinical courses are taught on-site. 

Support Courses

Course Number

NUR 8901

NUR 8903

NUR 8910

NUR 8615

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Advanced Pharmacology

Advanced Physical Assessment

Issues Across the Life Span

Credits

3

3

4

3

Clinical Courses

These courses must be completed in-person.

Course Number

NUR 8511
 

NUR 8512
 

NUR 8509
 

NUR 8510
 

NUR 8513
 

NUR 8514

Course Name

Clinical Management in Adulthood

Practicum in Adulthood I (305 Clinical Hours)

Clinical Management in Adulthood II

Practicum in Adulthood II (120 Clinical Hours)

Clinical Management in Adulthood II

Practicum in Adulthood III (305 Clinical Hours)

Credits

3
 

4
 

3
 

2
 

3
 

4

 

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

mary.terhaar@villanova.edu 

MSN Inquiries 
Recruitment and Enrollment Department
nursing.recruitment@villanova.edu

 

DOCTORAL TRACKS

MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Director, PhD Program
mary.ann.cantrell@villanova.edu

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA
Program Director, Post-baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice
jodie.szlachta@crozer.org

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

debra.shearer@villanova.edu

Sandi Schultz
Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

sandra.schultz@villanova.edu

Villanova Graduate Nursing Program