Choose your path to go from RN to AGNP
Earn your BSN, then begin working towards your master’s degree.
- Curriculum built to help you earn a BSN and MSN faster
- How long? 32 months on average
- Earn a bachelor’s degree that may be required by some employers
Bridge right to AGPCNP in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.
- Complete your MSN faster than stopping out for a BSN
- How long? As few as 2 years (24 months)
- Best for nurses looking to enter the workforce as soon as possible
RN to AGPCNP program classes & curriculum details
Our program is designed to help associate and diploma-level nurses earn the education and skills needed to apply for certification as an AGPCNP.
All classes are delivered online with 585 total clinical hours, including a 180-hour immersion experience designed to help you earn your first job as a primary care nurse practitioner.
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i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.
Required Bridge Courses
All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required.
All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Direct Care Core Courses
All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Courses in AGNP-PC Concentration
All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.
How to go from RN to BSN to MSN-AGPCNP
This pathway combines our online RN to BSN and BSN to MSN-AGPCNP degree programs. You can view their respective curriculums with all course information here:
RN to AGPCNP program enrollment prerequisites
Enrollment requirements are the same whether you choose the accelerated RN to MSN-AGPCNP or pursue RN to BSN to MSN-AGPCNP path. Prerequisites include:
- Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to MSN program
- Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice
- Hold an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
- Participate in an interview to identify your goals and determine if the program is right for you
Your clinical placement is our pledge.
We understand securing clinical placement as part of an RN to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $114,510 per year ($55.05 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.
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.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison are 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.
* 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.