Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners provide direct patient care in many types of settings. They work with patients to promote health and well-being. They promote health and wellness as well as diagnose and treat adolescents, adults and older adults with common conditions, illnesses or injuries. They are involved in education, research and legislative activities to promote quality healthcare.

The primary goal of the AGPCNP specialty is to prepare 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).

Courtney Shihabuddin
Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Specialty Track

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.

Available Degree Programs

This specialty can be completed on campus or online through the following programs:

This specialty can be completed on campus through the following programs:


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-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum I
  • Nursing 7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II
  • Nursing 7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum III

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. 


Annabelle Cook
Annabelle Cook, current student

“The future of the healthcare system depends on our ability to provide evidence-based, efficient and cost-effective primary care. This program has given me hands-on experience in the skills lab and with real life patients that have been immeasurably helpful to my learning.”