Gain the skills necessary to provide quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care for patients ages 13 years and older with our Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN specialization.
Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) are advanced practice nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and who have advanced clinical training. AGPCNPs are trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of health issues among patients, ages 13 years and older. This specialization explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to explore current health topics through a curriculum developed in collaboration with experts who serve in leading healthcare systems and institutions. Courses are rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care.
This specialization can prepare you to make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role. You can gain responsibility in your current role or prepare to advance your career. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. Graduates can pursue national adult nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.
The AGPCNP specialization allows for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.
Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:
Students in this specialization will be prepared to qualify to sit for the national certification exam for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner upon graduation. Demand for nurse practitioners is on the rise.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.2 And, the average annual salary for an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner is $89,380, according to PayScale.3
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner can help position you for roles in the following settings:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Note on certification: The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Learn more about professional licensure. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanp.org/student-resources/np-certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Source: PayScale, Average Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.