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AGPCNP in Practice


As an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, in practice you will provide comprehensive primary health care to individuals from adolescence through old age as an independent practitioner, often as part of a multidisciplinary team. AGPCNPs work in a variety of health care settings including community clinics, private practice, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Our program prepares you to:

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures
  • Generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and distressing symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation
  • Prescribe and evaluate therapies (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic)
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills to provide independent and collaborative care for adults from adolescence to old age, including multicultural and medically underserved individuals to promote health and treat those with serious illness
  • Demonstrate competence in utilizing nursing research to inform an evidence-based practice
  • Utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the AGPCNP


You will have the educational preparation required to apply for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care certification exam.  Certification is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is required to obtain nurse practitioner licensure in Washington State.