Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

What does an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner do?

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners provide direct patient care in a primary care setting. They can diagnose and treat adolescents and adults with common illnesses or injuries. They also are involved in education, research, and legislative activities to promote quality health care. Graduates are eligible for certification as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners.

The primary goal of the AGPCNP Nurse Practitioner specialty is to prepare graduates for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Coursework, clinical experience, and research allow our students to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. Graduates of the specialty are eligible for certification as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners.

Our specialty meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. To date, the pass rate of our graduates is significantly higher than the national pass rate on the certification examination.

Core Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Faculty

Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, Program Director

Susan Bowman-Burpee, MS, RN, CNP

Essential Skills

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

  • assume an advanced practice role
  • put theory and research into practice with individuals and families
  • develop, implement, and assess nursing strategies to assure quality of care
  • utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional, and national level
  • adapt professionally to the constantly changing health care environment
  • contribute to the advancement of the profession

Core Courses

Nursing 7403        Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
Nursing 7483        Quality Improvement and Informatics
Nursing 7491         Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Life Span
Nursing 7500        Health Policy and Advocacy
Nursing 7780        Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship

Specialty Courses

Nursing 7410              Advanced Health Assessment
Nursing 7450             Pathophysiology of Altered Health States
Nursing 7470             Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing
Nursing 7228.01        Adult Nursing Clinical Practicum
Nursing 7228.02       Adult-Gero NP Clinical Practicum

Clinical Experience

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

 Admissions & Program Information

Traditional Master of Science option
Graduate Entry option
Post-Master's option

For further information about the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, contact:

The Ohio State University
College of Nursing
Graduate Outreach and Admissions
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1289

Call (614) 688-8145