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Veterans Health Care Concentration for Adult-Gero NP Primary Care Students


The veterans health care concentration is open to students enrolled in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner – primary care (AGNP-primary care) major. Students selected for this concentration participate in a veteran-centric program focusing on the unique health care needs of veterans and their families. Students within this concentration will spend at least 50% of their clinical hours at dedicated primary care practice sites within the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The AGNP-primary care major with a concentration in veterans health care prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to the veteran population in either private practice or within the VA health care system.

How to Enroll

Current Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding this concentration to their academic plan must complete the Add a Specialty/Concentration Form as the first step in the application and acceptance process. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (son‐ at least one full semester prior to the start of a student’s first clinical rotation.

New applicants to the School of Nursing interested in applying for this concentration can indicate their desire to apply for this concentration through the standard admission application process.

Acceptance and enrollment decisions regarding the veterans health care concentration are made on a space-available basis.

Employment Preparation

The veterans health care concentration prepares students to manage the full spectrum of primary health care needs of veterans in a variety of outpatient clinical settings, including private practice, VA medical centers or VA community-based outpatient clinics across the United States.

Curriculum Highlights

  • At least 280 clinical hours of training in veteran-centric settings
  • Precepted clinical experiences at one of several Durham VA Medical Center and affiliated community-based outpatient clinic facilities in North Carolina
  • Academic enrichment activities beyond traditional Adult Gerontology curriculum
  • Focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver health care to the veteran population
  • One of only five schools competitively selected for the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership for Graduate Education
  • Post-graduate residency opportunities
  • Potential stipend from the Veterans Affairs health care system while performing clinical rotations

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