Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Certificate

Students in APU’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program learn to provide primary care to young adults, adults, and older adults across the continuum of care from wellness to illness.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Certificate program is designed as a nondegree course credit option for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing.1 This program prepares students to provide primary care to the young adult, adult, and older adult age spectrum across the continuum of care from wellness to illness, in settings including community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, long-term care facilities, and patient homes. Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner, and may apply for the national AGPCNP certification examination. Note: Students must be admitted to the university before registering for this program (see Admission section below).

Requirements 

Advanced Practice Core Courses12
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role 22
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses25
GNRS 580Gerontology2
GNRS 581Primary Health Care of the Older Adult5 (2/3)
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care2
GNRS 591Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family4 (2/2)
GNRS 592APrimary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 592BPrimary Health Care Clinical Practicum2 (0/2)
GNRS 593Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family4 (2//2)
Specialization Option CoursesNo requirement
Total Units37

Admission

University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate a Christian worldview, demonstrating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, and applying spiritual concepts.
  2. Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research.
  3. Appraise and apply knowledge to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Demonstrate thoughtful analysis of the legal, political, ethical, and/or financial factors impacting healthcare.
  5. Use information systems and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, promote quality, mitigate error and support decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other health care team professionals.
  7. Engage in clinical reasoning, effective communication, and act as change agents to develop professional identity and practice skill.