Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

older-coupleOur graduate certificate for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners is an opportunity for experienced advanced practice nurses who have earned (or are in the process of earning) a graduate degree in nursing (MN, DNP or PhD) to expand their existing scope of practice by developing the knowledge and skills needed to provide primary care management to adults throughout the age spectrum (from adolescence through old age and across the health continuum).

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Students who are interested in adult-gerontology study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks:


The information provided below describes the regular, in-person program offering. Due to the COVID pandemic, however, we are following the State of Washington and campus-wide guidance for in-person attendance, and are offering most courses except laboratory courses (e.g., Advanced Health Assessment) in a distance learning format.

In this graduate certificate, you will complete twelve to fifteen months of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations.

Many of the core AGNP-AC classes require in-person classroom attendance, not including clinical practicum on a weekly basis. This is not an online/distance program.

Please note that admission to this graduate certificate program is on a space-available basis.

National Certifications

After completion of the graduate certificate, you are eligible to apply for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care and for licensure as a nurse practitioner through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (