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MSN-AGPCNP Online Program
Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP

Become a primary care provider in less than 2 years

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program lengthAs few as 20 months
Credits to graduate48 credits
ClinicalsWe pledge your clinical placement
Format100% online coursework with 540 clinical hours
Immersion Exp.180-hour, 16-week immersion experience to prepare you for your first AGNP job
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Focus your care in the adult & geriatric population

Become your patients’ long-term health partner as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP, commonly referred to in short as AGNP). AGNP represents an excellent choice of specialty for current RNs considering becoming a nurse practitioner emphasizing in the adult population (13 and older), strong ongoing patient relationships, preventative care and healthcare advocacy for patients both healthy and ill.

Your new career path begins here

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: at your pace, on your schedule
  • Class topics include health promotion, clinical decision-making, caring for the aging population, and role of the nurse practitioner
  • Prepare for key industry certifications: the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGPCNP-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Go from BSN to MSN-AGNP with Herzing University and vault your nursing career to the next level. We exist to help you reach your highest goals in the nursing profession.

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

AGPCNP program classes & curriculum details

Featuring core graduate courses, specialty courses, and clinical courses, our MSN-AGPCNP program prepares nursing students going back to school with the skills and knowledge to apply for certification as an AGPCNP.

All classes are delivered online with 540 total clinical hours, including a 180-hour immersion experience designed to help you earn your first job as a primary care nurse practitioner.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)2048

i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Direct Care Core Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

*Students in the AG PC NP program must take NU 610 and NU 611 in the same semester.

Required Courses in AGNP-PC Concentration

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the MSN-AGPCNP program is $695 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants—including our Nurses Circle of Achievement scholarship, which offers up to 10% tuition reduction.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

AGPCNP program enrollment requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s online adult gerontology nurse practitioner program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN AGPCNP program, and:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they live.  (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

MSN Clinical Placement Pledge Herzing Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an AGPCNP program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.

Pathways

Choose your path to become an AGNP

MSN-AGPCNP Program

Go from BSN to MSN-AGPCNP in the MSN – Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner online program.

  • Curriculum designed for RNs with a BSN
  • How long? 20 months when taken full-time
  • Flexible online scheduling available to meet the demands of work, home and life
Accelerated RN to MSN-AGPCNP

Bridge directly from RN to AGPCNP in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN-AGPCNP completion
  • How long? As few as 2 years (24 months)
  • Ideal for nurses looking to advance their practice and leap forward in their career

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Careers

Pursue a growing career path

The evidence suggests qualified caregivers for the adult and elderly population will be in huge demand in the coming decades.

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that for the first time in U.S. history, people older than 65 will outnumber those under 18 by the year 2034. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, meaning about 1 in every 5 U.S. residents will be at retirement age. Combined with a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projection of 52% growth in the nurse practitioner profession from 2020-2030, the need for NPs capable of delivering adult and geriatric care appears ready to surge.

AGPCNP represents an opportunity for you to join the ranks of a collaborative team dedicated to managing patients’ long-term healthcare needs.

AGNP Nurse Practitioner Smiling with Adult Female Patient
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), core competencies for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners include:

  • Contributes to improved knowledge and care of the adult gerontology population
  • Uses scientific knowledge and theoretical foundations to detect psychological, physiological, and sociological development and aging
  • Be a leader facilitating the coordination and planning to deliver care to the adult gerontology population
  • Promotes safety and risk reduction
  • Continually evaluates the quality of care delivery models
  • Integrates appropriate technologies into deliver healthcare in remote, face-to-face encounters
  • Aids in the development of health promotion programs within a health community or system
  • Provides wellness promotion and disease prevention services balancing the costs, risks and benefits to individuals

That’s just a sample! As an AGNP you will carry many different responsibilities as a crucial member of a healthcare team.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $118,040 per year ($56.75 per hour).*

NPs specializing in adult gerontology in primary care may increase their earning potential by becoming board certified, gaining valuable experience and continuing their education.

Primary care AGNPs are responsible for providing continuous, comprehensive medical care for patients across the adult lifespan (13 and older). AGNPs work primarily in outpatient care settings helping patients develop their personal healthcare assessments and manage long-term chronic illnesses.

AGNPs work under the supervision of a physician, with varying degrees of autonomy. They do not “specialize” in a traditional sense, acting as big picture managers of a patients’ healthcare plan and facilitating connections to specialized care as necessary. However, nurses can begin their NP career in primary care and branch into a specialty of their choosing later, such as acute care or mental health.

Practicing as an AGNP requires close collaboration with a team of healthcare staff dedicated to the long-term health needs of their patients.

We offer multiple options for current nurses of all types, including pathways for ASN/ADN, BSN, and MSN degree holders.

View our available online Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs.

While both jobs involve outpatient primary care under the “general NP” umbrella, the biggest difference between AGNP and FNP is the patient population. FNPs are trained for family practice across the lifespan, including children, while AGNPs are trained only for the adult lifespan (adolescent through end of life).

There are two types of general NPs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). Both NPs provide ongoing health counseling, prevention and management for their patients.

The primary difference is the patient population they care for: FNPs practice across the lifespan in family practice, including pediatric, adult, and geriatric care. AGNPs work only with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

If you are open to working with children you may choose the FNP path, while those who prefer to work with adults only may choose the AGNP path.

Yes.

In the past, there were separate designations for Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) and Geriatric Nurse Practitioners (GNP). Now the two roles have been combined into Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). The knowledge and skills developed in an MSN-AGNP program will best prepare you to work with geriatric/elderly patients.

Graduating with an MSN and becoming board certified as a primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) will qualify you to practice as an NP and pursue a geriatric specialty.

While there are some similarities between the two main types of adult gerontology nurse practitioners, these are the biggest differences between primary care NPs and acute care NPs:

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Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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MSN - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$695.00
Base Tuition$33,360.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $695.00 )(-$6,255.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$27,105.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$675.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$5,825.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
55
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
4839
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$39,185.00$32,930.00
Estimated Savings*
$6,255.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.
Requirements
  • Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled.
  • Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.