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 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
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.

Skills

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

Curriculum

  • 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
Sample Full-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 13
   
Summer  
N7228.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I 6
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 8
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum II 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 5
   
Summer  
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 3
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 5
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7228.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I 6
Total credit hours 6
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum II 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Summer Credit Hours
N6100 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 2
N6410 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
N6420 A Nursing Perspective: Life span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context 3
Total credit hours 8
   
Autumn  
N6270 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I 7
N6430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 15
   
Spring  
N6260 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families 4
N6280 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions 4
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship2 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Year 2
 
Summer (Summer + May)  
N6240(S) Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
N6340 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 4
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Autumn  
N6271 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II 8
N6480 Quality Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice1 1
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 12
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
N7483 Quality Improvement in Advanced Nursing Care 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 12
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
1 Students must take N6480 prior to N7483
2 Students must take N7780 prior to NCLEX
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7228.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I* 6
Total credit hours 6
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum II* 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum III* 9
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies (optional) 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 74
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7228.01 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum I* 6
Total credit hours 6
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7228.02 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum II* 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7228.03 Advanced Practice Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum III* 9
Master’s Comprehensive Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 74
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements

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. 

FAQs

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.”