Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners provide direct patient care in a primary care setting. They work with patients to promote health and well-being. They diagnose and treat adolescents and adults with common illnesses or injuries. They are involved in education, research and legislative activities to promote quality healthcare. 

The primary goal of the AGPCNP specialty prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, businesses, managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Coursework, clinical experience, interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice skills allow students to acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. Graduates of the specialty are eligible for certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP) as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. Our specialty meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Joyce Karl
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Specialty Track Director

Message from the Director

Autonomously and in collaboration with healthcare professionals and other individuals, AGPCNPs provide a full range of primary and specialty healthcare services to adolescents, adults and older adults in a wide variety of settings.


Our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:

  • Assume an advanced practice role
  • Put theory and evidence into practice with individuals and populations
  • Develop, implement and assess advanced practice nursing strategies to meet patient goals and assure quality of care
  • Engage with, counsel and educate patients about positive health and lifestyle choices, wellness, self-care and disease prevention or management
  • Diagnose, manage and evaluate outcomes for acute and chronic health conditions including ordering and interpreting tests, prescribing medications and other treatments
  • Utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional and national level 
  • Adapt professionally to the constantly changing healthcare environment 
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession


  • Nursing 7410 Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
  • Nursing 7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Nursing 7228.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I
  • Nursing 7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum II
  • Nursing 7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum III


Sample Curriculum

A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook

Clinical Experience

Our NP specialty provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout Ohio. Students work with nurse practitioners; family practice, internal medicine and specialty physicians; and other health professionals in ambulatory primary care and specialty clinics as well as community, long-term and inpatient settings. Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.