Post-Master's Certificate - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This post-master's certificate program prepares the nurse who already has a graduate degree in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Learning outcomes

The program prepares nurses for advanced practice with patients 13 and older in primary care settings.  The graduate has advanced knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis, and management of chronic and episodic health problems. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). 

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. 

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  • Program Highlights
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Program Faculty
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree requires 42 credit hours of course work.
  • Personalized program plan to fit your needs.
  • Advisor who works closely with you throughout your program.
  • Offers a variety of in person, hybrid and online courses
  • Smaller class sizes to allow for faculty and students to get to know each other.
  • Clinical site placement.
  • Consistently high pass-rates for the Adult-Gerontology Certification examination (usually 100%).

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

NURS 6037   Management of Episodic Health Problems

NURS 6240   Complex Health Problems

NURS 6242   Concepts and Interventions for health Problems Across the Lifespan

NURS 6244   Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

NURS 6251   Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 1 Clinical

NURS 6252   Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical

NURS 6257   Advanced Nursing of Adult-Gerontology 3 Clinical

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • Clinical experience requirements – Practicing as a professional nurse.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs.
  • Letters of reference: Three completed recommendation forms prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities - must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics (including inferential analysis).
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.


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