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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN
The MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) option provides the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice and to become leaders in their roles as advanced practice nurses, prepared to lead and shape the future of primary health care for patients across the adult age continuum and encompasses the care and management of the adolescent patient (starting at age 12), the adult patient, the older adult patient, and the frail elderly patient.
The focus of this option is the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered primary care and offers both didactic and clinical experiences that prepare nurse practitioners to care for the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual health of patients, families, and communities. The curriculum integrates research, policy, technology, simulation, and evidence-based nursing practice with diagnostic reasoning and clinical judgment to solve real-world health care problems.
The option is versatile yet rigorous. Students complete the coursework online via distance education and the clinical practicum rotations in their local community with faculty mentoring. There are full-time and part-time enrollment options, and scholarship opportunities are available. The distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education with access to GW’s resources and expert faculty while continuing to work. In addition, students attend select on-campus experiences to interact with faculty and other students. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized AANP or ANCC certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner role and population focus.
An Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate offering is available for professionals holding Master’s degrees in nursing.