Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (AGNP-GCPAPN) offers an opportunity for nurses who have earned, or are in process of earning, a graduate degree in nursing (Master of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science) to develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide primary care management to adults from adolescence through old age and across the health continuum.

We welcome those ANPs, GNPs, and ACNPs seeking the educational preparation to allow them to sit for the new Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care certification exams. The AGNP graduate certificate is designed to allow individuals to expand existing scope of practice, not to be the primary entry into advanced practice. Individuals prepared at the graduate level in specialties such as Nursing Education, Informatics or Leadership should instead apply to our DNP program. 

Diverse clinical practice learning opportunities prepare the graduate for roles as a collaborative member of the health care team and as a primary health care provider.

Students complete 18 months of study, and are eligible to apply for either American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care and for licensure as a nurse practitioner. Faculty advisors assist students to plan a curriculum.

While most AGNP graduate certificate courses include some distance learning methods, there are some courses that require in-person classroom attendance.

Course plans generally require 1 to 3 days of study or clinical practicum weekly. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized. Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations.