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Post Master's AGPCNP
Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate Program

Continue your graduate study in advanced practice nursing

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program lengthAs few as 20 months
Credits to graduate33 credits
Transfer creditUp to 12 approved credit hours
Clinicals540 clinical hours—we pledge your clinical placement!
Format100% online classes
Get started6 start dates per year – and no wait list!
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Become a patient advocate as a primary care NP

Join a field of medical professionals dedicated to building strong relationships with their patients, responsible for preventative care and developing long-term healthcare plans. As an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP, commonly referred to as AGNP), you are your patients’ health advocate throughout their adult life.

This program is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) currently holding a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) who are looking to take the next big step forward down an exciting new career path.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Course topics include advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, health promotion, clinical decision-making, women’s health and much more
  • 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).

Your career advancement begins with your education. Earn a post master’s certificate and continue to forge your career path in nursing.

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

Post Master’s AGPCNP classes & curriculum details

Our curriculum combines didactic (lecture) style classes and clinical practicum courses to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and working experience to excel as a certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

All didactic (lecture) classes are delivered online with 540 total hours of required clinicals.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Post Master's Certificate Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PMCAGPCNP)2033

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

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 Post Master's 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, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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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

Post Master’s AGPCNP program enrollment requirements

Enrollment in the post master’s certificate nursing program is open to registered nurses who:

  • Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university or college
  • Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the 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).

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, 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.

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Career Pathways

Walk your career path in nursing

Practicing in primary care as a nurse practitioner offers you the opportunity to:

  • Specialize in your personal area of interest in the adult and geriatric patient populations
  • Become a key patient advocate adept in preventative care
  • Discover future opportunities for specialization in the future

Given the impending growth in the baby boomer population and the second highest growth projection from 2019-2029 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expect an increasing need for nurse practitioners educated in adult and geriatric care.

Advance your education

Our post master's certificate is built for you to grow and build upon your education. For example, you can be a nurse educator or nurse leader and become a Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. There are many pathways for current MSN prepared nurses.

Continue your postgraduate education and prepare to compete for jobs in a high-demand field in nursing. Position yourself for continued career advancement as a primary care AGNP, whether joining a team at a healthcare institution, or taking the next step as an entrepreneur in starting your own practice.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

A post master’s certificate (PMC), also referred to as a “post-graduate” certificate, is designed for nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and seek additional certification in a separate field.

Herzing University offers several post master’s certificates for MSN-prepared nurses looking to transition in or out of clinical-based practice:

  • AGACNP - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (program length: 20 months)
  • AGPCNP - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (program length: 20 months)
  • FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner certificate (program length: 16-20 months)
  • NE - Nursing Education certificate (program length: 8 months)
  • NLA - Nursing Leadership & Administration (program length: 8 months)
  • PMHNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate (program length: 20 months)

A post master’s certificate from Herzing University provides the education, training, and practical experience you need to take the next big step in your nursing career.

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.

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:

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).

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Herzing University offers multiple nurse practitioner programs for current nurses holding an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree in nursing.

Our goal is to help you walk your career path no matter where you are, or where you want to go.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The post-graduate APRN certificate program 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, Alaska, 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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Post Master's Certificate - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$695.00
Base Tuition$22,935.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (12 x $695.00 )(-$8,340.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$14,595.00
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
3321
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$28,760.00$20,420.00
Estimated Savings*
$8,340.00

Available Scholarships

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

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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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

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.