Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This certificate introduces you to the body of knowledge and skills necessary to practice as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Tailored for MSN-prepared nurses looking for an online curriculum, the certificate gives students access to interdisciplinary faculty members. The coursework includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of patients, families, and communities from adolescence through adulthood. 

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Program Information

Admissions Requirements

Program of Study

The AGPCNP Certificate includes the following courses in Advanced Practice Nursing (27 Credits)

  • NURS 6220: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)
  • NURS 6222: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (4)
  • NURS 6224: Adult Gerontology I (8)
  • NURS 6225: Adult Gerontology II (8)
  • NURS 6229: Adult Gerontology III (4)
  • NURS 6234: Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing (3)

On-Campus Requirements

Students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program are required to attend three on-campus simulation based learning events.


1. New Student Orientation
The New Student Orientation is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful in the School of Nursing. Students become familiar with academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology, and student expectations. They will also meet fellow students, faculty members, and advisors.


2. Clinical Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) 
Students visit campus during the Advanced Health Assessment course for evaluation of their history and physical examination skills. Skills are evaluated by expert faculty in the simulation center using standardized patients (SP)s. They also participate in several workshops aimed at professional development and progress toward NP competency.


3. Program Test Outs
All nurse practitioner students are required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on campus simulation based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills 

Clinical Requirements

Students pursuing the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: AGPCNP must complete 625 clinical hours at an approved clinical site.