Master of Science


Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

Dr. Lenore LamannaProgram Overview

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares graduates to provide advanced practice nursing to adult-gerontology patients (young adults, older adults, and frail elderly) with complex acute and/or chronic health conditions and to develop effective solutions for patient, population and system needs.The program equips students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage patient care across the full spectrum of acuity and healthcare settings.

Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Translate nursing’s discipline specific perspective, theory, and research-based evidence to inform clinical judgment as the foundation for the highest level of advanced practice. (Domain 1)
  • Synthesize advanced scientific knowledge with collaborative skills recognizing the intersectionality of multiple interdependent and social determinants of health, to design and deliver person-centered care that is holistic, respectful, just, evidenced-based and person-centered. (Domain 2)
  • Collaborative with traditional and non-traditional partners across settings to determine population-focused priorities, assess system’s capability in addressing population healthcare needs, and lead in the development of healthcare policies and practices for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes. (Domain 3)
  • Advance the scholarship of nursing by applying nursing's unique perspective to lead the translation of evidence into practice to provide optimal care and address health inequities, structural racism, and system inequity.  (Domain 4)
  • Apply principles of improvement science to evaluate care quality and safety to design system improvements and health policies that minimize  risk of harm to patients and providers for system effectiveness. (Domain 5)
  • Lead inter-professional communication and collaboration to facilitate integration of evidence-based strategies that improve processes within healthcare systems optimizing outcomes for diverse populations. (Domain 6)
  • Optimize system effectiveness by leveraging care coordination, informatics processes and technologies to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. (Domain 7 & 8)
  • Model a resilient professional identity embodying accountability, perspective, ethical comportment and a collaborative disposition that is reflective of nursing’s mission to the individual, society and the profession. (Domain 9)
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and cognitive flexibility to promote environments that foster life-long learning, professional growth, self-care, well-being, and resilience; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership. (Domain 10)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from an accredited nursing program (For RN applicants with non-nursing bachelor degrees, see the Clinical Practice Portfolio requirement below)*
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts from international institutions must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation by a NACES accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES) Unofficial documents can be submitted with the application, but official copies will be required upon admission
  • Current unencumbered Registered Nurse license for state of clinical practice
  • Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Minimum of one year recent relevant experience (preferred)
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Three credit undergraduate course in Health Assessment
  • Three credit undergraduate course in Statistics
  • Meet Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

* Clinical Practice Portfolio - Registered Nurse applicants to a master's program with a non-nursing bachelor's degree are required to submit a clinical practice portfolio to be evaluated for baccalaureate-level nursing competencies upon conditional admission once they have been admitted to a program.  Upon successful completion of the portfolio, the student will be admitted to the program. If the portfolio does not meet academic standards, the student cannot progress in the program.  
The Clinical Practice Portfolio is only required for those Registered Nurse applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who have been offered conditional acceptance.

Additional Requirements Upon Admission

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Official transfer equivalency credits evaluation certificate by an accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES) to accompany transcripts from international institutions.
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one-time fee and is where students will upload and manage required health and professional documents. NP Student Malpractice Insurance is required from admission through graduation.
  • Current unencumbered Registered Nurse license from New York State
  • Certification of Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (BLS) w/AED and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Technology Requirements

Graduates from this program will be eligible for certification and registration as a nurse practioner by New York State Education Department and are also eligible for National Certification as an Adult/Gerontology-Acute Care NP.

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation, regulatory and registration requirements. 

Process for Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement. Please note that it is a Stony Brook Medicine policy that the School of Nursing is not permitted to pay for, approve, or participate in, a clinical placement arrangement for our students that requires payment of any type by the School, student or any other third party. 


Graduation Requirements   Credits
HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation 3
HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies 3
HNH 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy 2
HNG 541 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice I 3
HNG 543 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice II 3
HNG 540 Clinical Pharmacology 3
Health Assessment
HNG 515 Advanced Health Assessment 3
HNG 588 Clinical Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3
Clinical Courses
HNG 519 Advanced Theory and Clinical Practice in Adult-Gerontology Nursing Across the Continuum I 4
HNG 529 Advanced Theory and Clinical Practice in Adult-Gerontology Nursing Across the Continuum II 5
HNG 509 Advanced Theory and Clinical Practice in Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Nursing I 5
HNG 559 Advanced Theory and Clinical Practice in Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Nursing I 5
HNG 580 Advanced Skills, Technologies & Clinical Decision-Making in Acute Care   3
Total Credits   45

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Students are prepared to sit for the following national certification exams:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Dolores Bilges
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