Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-PC)

The highly ranked Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program focuses on the primary care of adults from adolescence through old age and across the health continuum. 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.

Our graduates practice independently and collaboratively. They work in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Examples include primary care, internal medicine, skilled/long term care, urgent care, oncology, cardiology, neurology, and in Veteran’s Administration facilities.

What are AGNPs prepared to do?

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures
  • Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention
  • 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

Why Study at UW?

  • We have been training nurse practitioners since 1992
  • Our emphasis is evidence-based practice and leadership, with access to top nursing and adult/gerontology researchers and nurse practitioners on faculty.
  • Students have exposure to a wide range of clinical sites allowing experiences with diverse populations.
  • There are opportunities to participate in research with nationally-recognized researchers.
  • Students may enhance their education through elective coursework in a particular area of interest, including courses in advanced EKG interpretation, rural healthcare, infectious disease, palliative care and global health.
  • We are part of a large public university, with access to other professions including medicine, social work, pharmacy, and public health as well as a world class library system
  • Students have the opportunity to engage with relevant Centers including the de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging, the Health Promotion Research Center and the Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

Students prepared as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners are eligible to sit for the AGNP Primary Care examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). The pass rate for the years 2011-2014 was 100%.

Alternative AGNP Study Option

Prospective students who are interested in focusing on the care of young adults through older adults who have complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disabilities, or injuries may be interested in applying to our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-AC) track. Please contact us if you have any questions about which track is more appropriate for you.