Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

AGPCNPs provide advanced nursing care to adults, elders, and family members over the age of 13.

Program Information

Adult Geron PCNPAn Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a master’s or doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care to adults, elders, and family members over the age of 13 years in primary care clinics, health departments, VA facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rural health clinics, hospice facilities, and other out-patient settings. Classes are fully online. The AGPCNP program also has specialized courses that incorporate Interprofessional Education working in teams with other disciplines.

Adult-Geron Primary Care FAQ

Support Courses

Students applying for a new certification must complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Life Span if the student has not yet taken these courses.

Clinical Experience

BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty area must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Adult-Gerontological Primary Care prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.

This program also provides classes in Interprofessional Care. AGPCNP students will explore the roles of other healthcare professionals in a one credit hour online class each semester and work on projects that allow for an enriched interprofessional experience. This added educational offering allows the AGPCNP student to be on the cutting edge of care.

Clinical Orientation

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates:

September 17-18, 2018

September 24-25, 2018

Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation. 

Clinical Affiliations

Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing’s graduate program require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements. Please review the list of Clinical Affiliations on the College of Nursing Web Site. If there is not a clinical site listed near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.

DNP Residency

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete an evidence-based scholarly project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care and patient outcomes. Residency requirements for the scholarly project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.


MSN-DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles

Fall Entry

Spring Entry

MSN-DNP Adding New Certification in Adult-Geron Primary Care NP

Fall Entry

Spring Entry


Fall Entry

Spring Entry


Please feel free to contact Dr. Joyce Varner for more information about this specialty: