Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Have you considered advancing in your career by specializing as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP)? As an AGNP, you'll have the opportunity to work with a broad patient population that includes adults of all ages.
The responsibilities of an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner include, among others:
- Diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic health conditions
- Promoting general health
- Delivering preventive care
- Prescribing and managing medication
- Participating in the development of appropriate policy and evidence-based practice
- Serving as a health educator and coach to individuals, families, and communities
- Employing the latest technology to assist patients
The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certificate requires thorough training (a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours) and a strong background in primary care. You will participate in a clinical practice experience designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting.
Certificate Available in Select States Only
Due to the number of different certification organizations and the individual state requirements related to nurse practitioner responsibilities, completion of the adult nurse practitioner concentration or certificate does not imply or guarantee certification or licensure. Students are responsible for the investigation of the qualifications and requirements for certification and/or licensure in their specific location.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.
Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this program.
As a student in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program, you will participate in clinical practice experiences at multiple health care facilities or clinical sites. The onsite component is designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting.
Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical practicum requirement.
Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).‡
The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
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What are the Career Opportunities?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) function as primary providers of clinical services to specialized groups of patients. They diagnose and treat patients, order tests, interpret results, prepare treatment plans, and, in many states, can prescribe medication.*
Adult nurse practitioners can serve in many different work environments, including family practices or retail health locations. They could also play vital roles in convenient care facilities, nursing care facilities, and universities.†
Curriculum: All Tracks
- Population Focus Area Requirements
Total Population Focus Area Requirements Credits: 60
Total Program Credits: 60
- MN 551: ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change
This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.
Completion of all MSN core courses
- MN 552: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING Change
This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.
MN 551 and MN 553
- MN 553: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS Change
This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.
MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite
- MN 566: NP I—INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY CARE FOR THE NURSE PRACTITIONER Change
This course examines the range of acute and chronic conditions experienced by clients in the primary care setting which are within the scope of practice of the primary care nurse practitioner. You will develop a consistent approach to screening, assessment, utilization of diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, symptom management, disease treatment, and health promotion activities. Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups. Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care are created. Communication skills and cooperative relationships with patients, families, and an interdisciplinary health care team approach is emphasized. The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices.
Prerequisites/Corequisites: MN 505 and MN 552
- MN 572: AGNP I—PRIMARY CARE OF THE ADOLESCENT AND ADULT Change
This course will focus on the primary care of clients from age 12 to late adulthood. The focus will be on gaining competence in understanding acute and chronic illnesses and their management. Health promotion, screening, and risk management is presented as integral to the primary care focus. Interdisciplinary team building for the care of the client is introduced.
- MN 573: AGNP I CLINICAL—ADOLESCENT AND ADULT FOCUS Change
This clinical course introduces beginning skills in assessing, diagnosing, and treating common acute and chronic health conditions in the client aged 12 years through adulthood. The focus will be on pharmcologic and nonpharmcologic interventions as well as health promotion, screening, and lifestyle modification techniques.
MN 572; course may also be taken as a corequisite
- MN 576: NP I—PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH Change
This course will focus on primary health care specific to female clients. Focus will be on reproductive health maintenance, pregnancy prevention and management, care of the menopausal woman, and the assessment, diagnosis, and management of conditions specific to the female. Contemporary trends and issues that impact women's health status will be discussed.
MN 566; course may also be taken as a corequisite
- MN 577: NP II CLINICAL—WOMEN’S HEALTH FOCUS Change
This clinical course will focus on the unique needs of women across the lifespan. The unique care of women will be approached with attention to the psychosocial, ethnic, and cultural influences that affect physical and mental health. A collaborative approach to care will be employed.
- MN 584: AGNP II—PRIMARY CARE OF THE FRAIL ELDERLY Change
This course addresses the physical and psychosocial health and function of the frail elderly adult. Biologic, psychosocial, and social theories of aging will be explored. Strategies to promote health, minimize disability, and maximize quality of life within the context of independent living, assisted living environments, and skilled care facilities will be introduced. Alternatives to institutionalized care will be explored. Assessment and management of acute and chronic health conditions specific to the frail elderly will be discussed. Palliative care for terminal conditions will be addressed. Financial issues specific to the frail elderly will be analyzed.
MN 577; can be taken as corequisite
- MN 585: AGNP II CLINICAL—FRAIL ELDERLY FOCUS Change
This clinical course will provide opportunity for students to assess, diagnose, and manage treatment of acute and chronic disease in the frail elderly. Adaptive interventions to meet the complex needs of the frail elderly arising from normal changes in the developmental stages of aging, multiple system dysfunction, psychosocial, and financial issues will be utilized. Optimizing a collaborative relationship with the client, caregiver, and other members of the health care team will be discussed.
MN 584; course may also be taken as a corequisite
- MN 605: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE Change
This course completes the summative process for students to design and develop their individual role as an advanced practice nurse in primary care. Various careers available to the advanced practice registered nurse will be explored. Professional advocacy activities will be demonstrated. The student will differentiate between supervised, collaborative, and independent practice models. Malpractice and scope of practice issues specific to the primary care nurse practitioner role will be analyzed. Entrepreneurial opportunities for primary care nurse practitioners will be explored.
MN 581 or MN 585
- MN 610: NP III CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS Change
This clinical course focuses on the clinical application of assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, and disease treatment in the primary care setting. You are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses across gender and age span in consultation with your clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed. This final clinical experience enables you to synthesize skills and knowledge gained across the curriculum.
Final term and MN 581 or MN 585
- MN 551: ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change
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