Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Advance your clinical assessment skills in a primary care setting

Post-master’s and MSN program graduates will have advanced knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention, advanced clinical assessment, diagnosis, and management of chronic and episodic health problems.

DNPs will also have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to episodic and chronic health problems.

The post-master’s certificate curriculum is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The number of credits required for the completion of the certificate will vary. The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses or their acceptable equivalent are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate.

 

Program Highlights

  • Prepares nurses for advanced practice with patients ages 13 and up, in clinic settings.
  • Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).   
  • Work closely with your advisor throughout your program.
  • Learn in a variety of settings; in-person, hybrid and online courses.
  • Small class sizes that allow for faculty and student to work effectively.
  • Clinical site placement.
  • Full and part-time plans to make study manageable for working students
  • Access to The Center for Clinical Simulation to develop skills in a role-playing setting
  • Consistently high pass rates for the Adult-Gerontology Certification examination (usually 100 percent) 

Which degree is right for me?

Post-Master's Certificate MSN Post-BSN DNP*

Credits: 12-30


MSN required


On-campus, Online and Hybrid Courses

Credits: 42


BSN required


On-campus, Online and Hybrid Courses

Credits: 69


BSN required


On-campus, Online and Hybrid Courses

*Post-MSN DNP tracks also offered. 

All programs have rolling admission.

Tuition Cost Per Credit: $1,220.00


View the course work

These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and their adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule. 

Post-Master's Certificate - 12-30 Credits

Post-Master's certificates may require 12-30 credits, depending on academic background. 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Management of Episodic Health Problems

Complex Health Problems

Concepts and Interventions for Health Problems Across the Lifespan

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 1 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 3 Clinical

MSN - 42 Credits

Core Courses – 12 Credits

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

Organizational and Systems Leadership

Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Management of Episodic Health Problems

Complex Health Problems

Concepts and Interventions for health Problems Across the Lifespan

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 1 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 3 Clinical

Graduate Bulletin

DNP - 69 Credits

Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

Management of Episodic Health Problems

Complex Health Problems

Concepts and Interventions for health Problems Across the Lifespan

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 1 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical

Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 3 Clinical

 

Core Courses – 12 Credits

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy

Organizational and Systems Leadership

Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 

DNP Core Courses - 27 Credits

Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care

Health Care Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

Translational Research

Epidemiology

Applied Statistics for Health Sciences

Professional Issues in APN/DNP Practice

Residency for DNP with Acutely Ill Adults

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 1

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 2

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  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner may require an interview. Applicants who are invited for an interview are notified by email.
  • One year of practice in an primary care setting is required for acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.
  • GRE not required.
  • Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with an upper division major in nursing.
  • The required minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required for the M.S.N. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Prior to or during the first term of study, all Master of Science in Nursing applicants must have taken undergraduate nursing research and a statistics course which included inferential analysis (must be completed within 5 years of program start date). If the time period of 5 years has been exceeded for the statistics course, it may be possible for applicants to demonstrate proficiency by examination through an approved testing source (list of approved examinations available from the College of Nursing). Applicants who select an advanced practice nursing specialization must have taken an undergraduate course in health assessment.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs. Additional certifications:  adult-gerontology acute care - ACLS prior to clinical. 
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.

Madeline Schmidt, DNP, RN, ANP-BC (Option Coordinator)

Callie Schlicht, DNP, APN-BC

Christine Shaw, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC

Claire Dohmen, MSN, RN, ANP-BC

Winsome Panton, DNP, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Dawn Steinhoff, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Tiffany Anderson-Kather, MSN, FNP-BC

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the departmental financial aid webpage. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Review frequently asked questions

 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 

 

Program Advisor

Taylor Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor


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