Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-33
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: January 30, 2017
Date of Second Reading: February 27, 2017
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The target audience for the graduate certificate in Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner are RNs who have completed a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing and desire advanced preparation and education to become primary care adult gerontology nurse practitioners. Nurses who complete this certificate will meet the eligibility requirements to take the National Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination. We anticipate nurses throughout the state and region will be interested in this graduate certificate as it can be completed in hybrid format while allowing nurses to continue to work full-time if desired. The hybrid program requires students to participate in on-ground Immersion sessions 2-3 times each semester. In addition to nurses with master’s degrees who are not nurse practitioners, this certificate will be attractive to certified family nurse practitioners and certified women’s health practitioners since this additional preparation will allow them to expand their scope of practice to provide comprehensive primary care to older adults.