School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Adviser Contact
Emily Stepanian-Bennett
(248) 364-8782

Director of Nurse Practitioner Program 
Colleen Meade Ripper
(248) 364-8724

Director of Graduate Programs 
Meghan Harris
(248) 364-8762

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

The Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (Adult/GNP) Program prepares the advanced practice nurse as a primary care provider for ages 13 years to end of life in a variety of settings. The curriculum focuses on culturally sensitive care, incorporating health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems.

Graduates are prepared to apply nursing theory, principles of advanced nursing practice and the research process in the design and delivery of primary care. Knowledge for advanced nursing practice is synthesized from concepts in nursing as well as the biological and social sciences. Graduates of the Adult/GNP program are prepared to take the Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner national certification examination.
How to apply

To be considered for graduate admissions, applicants must have fully completed and submitted a graduate application through NursingCAS and must have all applicable supporting documents uploaded into the NursingCAS application by the published deadlines below. All supporting documents are either completed through or uploaded to NursingCAS. For the Master of Nursing in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner,  supporting documents include:

  1. All post-secondary official transcripts and an undergraduate transcripts showing completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with an overall undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on College Nursing Education.
  2. Two recommendations completed through NursingCAS by healthcare professionals who are able to attest to the applicant’s nursing skills and/or abilities.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency (for international students only).
  4. International supplemental application and supporting documentation (for international students only).
  5. A written professional statement of 500 to 1,000 words.
  6. Proof of BLS certification.
  7. Proof of a current unrestricted RN License in the United States or its territories.
  8. A Curriculum Vitae or resume demonstrating evidence of one-year experience as an RN located within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the U.S.

To start the NursingCAS application for the Master of Nursing in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or for more information on setting up a NursingCAS account, students may visit

If you are interested in learning more about admission criteria, the application process, course requirements and important dates, please attend one of our Program Advising Sessions ( click for calendar). These sessions are offered monthly for each program track. The information provided at these sessions is useful for those students who want to learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Nursing before applying to Oakland University.

Sessions begin promptly at the published start time and last approximately one hour. Program Advising Sessions are conducted in group format and are facilitated by the School of Nursing academic adviser for the program. At this session, you will learn about the Oakland University admission criteria and process, School of Nursing admission criteria and process, and program overview of the curriculum. Individual questions will be answered at the end of the session if time remains. Transcripts can only be evaluated after a student has been officially admitted to Oakland University so transcripts will not be evaluated at these sessions.

Please read over the information on the website prior to attending.

Directions: Enter OU off Walton Drive at West Oakland Drive. Use Parking Lot #3. For a copy of the Oakland University campus map, please click  here.

CRNA Information Session

Advising sessions for the CRNA track are held at Beaumont Hospital. For more information, call 248-898-7683 or visit

The Post Master’s APRN Certificate for the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (Adult/GNP) track prepares the current MSN graduate as a primary care provider for ages 13 years to end of life in a variety of settings. The curriculum focuses on culturally sensitive care, incorporating health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems. 

Required coursework is based on a GAP analysis that compares prior MSN didactic and clinical experience with the AGNP national certification requirements to determine the courses for the Plan of Study. Graduates of the Post-Master’s APRN Certificate in Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner are prepared to take an Adult Gerontological NP national certification examination.

Thank you for becoming an Oakland University Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Preceptor. Please utilize the links below to assist you in precepting our students.

NONPF Preceptor Portal

Preceptor Orientation FAQs