Become a primary health care provider

About Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) at Keuka College

If you’re a nurse who aspires to improve your patients' quality of life and you’re seeking more responsibility and independence in your career, the adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program is for you. As an NP student, you’ll receive expert training in diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic illness.

Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program Highlights

Convenient Entry Options

We have an option for you, whether you currently hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Blended Format

You’ll enjoy a blend of face-to-face and online instruction, as well as 500 hours of clinical experience, allowing you to immediately transfer skills from the classroom to the clinic.

Experienced Faculty

KeukaCollege nursing professors are true subject matter experts and actively practice as nurse practitioners, so your education will be rooted in theory and hands-on experience from seasoned professionals.

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Program Overview

Adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) serve as the primary health care providers in many settings. KeukaCollege’s program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat illness in adults of all ages. As a student in this program, you’ll gain the credentials needed to attain a higher-level leadership and clinical role, allowing you to directly impact patient care and improve health care delivery within your organization.

This program focuses on the assessment and application of clinical reasoning skills with an emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of chronic or acute health conditions. An evidence-based research model integrates core and specialty coursework and training to promote strategies for change as leaders within the profession of nursing.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners national certificate examination.

The Faculty

Keuka College has been teaching nurses for over 70 years and continues to maintain an outstanding reputation as a leader in nursing education. Our nursing faculty are seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.

Experienced, professional nursing faculty will guide you through our rigorous curriculum while role modeling the integration of self-reflection, computational communication, and client-focused care.

Our faculty have expertise in adult and family health care, diabetes management and education, human subject protection, endocrinology, trauma care, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, lactation, K-12 permanent counseling and teaching, nursing home administration, neonatal care, home health care, peri-anesthesia, obstetrics, bereavement counseling, and health education.

Faculty in the Division of Nursing

Digital Learning

Health care relies heavily on the development of digital and technological systems in order to promote continuous improvement both within an organization and in the lives of the patients we treat.

As an NP student, you’ll study health informatics, explore big data, and learn a wide variety of micro and macro computing strategies, allowing you to grow in your understanding of digital technologies to improve patient care and help advance the health of vulnerable populations.

Global Education

Many nursing students are drawn to Keuka College for the opportunity to travel internationally during their college experience. At Keuka College, you’ll discover many options to travel, both individually and through group expeditions.

International group travel experiences offer you the opportunity to travel abroad and experience a new culture without the time commitment of a traditional study abroad program. Each year, nursing faculty organize trips that provide you with the chance to experience the health care systems of other countries, and develop strategies to improve quality of life for those in developing countries.


Nursing is a practice profession, which relies on current scientific and medical evidence to ensure proper diagnosis and care.

KeukaCollege nursing faculty engage in regular clinical practice and scholarship in their areas of expertise in order to provide the most cutting-edge information to you.  

The faculty will also encourage you to become an expert in evidence-based practice to drive change. NP students like you will complete scholarly research project proposals and plans for clinical implementation as part of your capstone course. These projects often lead to improvement in patient care, nursing education, and administration.

Award Opportunities

Florence Nightingale Award

Florence Nightingale, called the founder of modern nursing, was a strong-willed woman of quick intelligence who used her considerable knowledge of statistics, sanitation, logistics, administration, nutrition, and public health not only to develop a new system of nursing education and health care, but also to improve the social welfare systems of her time.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates a concern for the community and environment.

Virginia Henderson Award

Virginia Henderson was a well-known nurse theorist, author and researcher. Born in 1897, she was one of the first nurse educators to obtain a master’s degree from Columbia University. Her long career included serving in 1929 as a teaching supervisor in the clinics of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Until her death in 1996, she was very active in the many activities of the World Health organization.

Criteria: Academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates ongoing commitment to intellectual excellence and lifelong learning.

Janet Mance Award

Janet Mance started her career in nursing after her graduation from Yale University. Her career has included direct patient care, administration, and teaching. Janet has made significant contributions to nursing through her work with professional organizations throughout her lifetime. She was the president of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association, and the Foundation of New York State Nurses. Her later efforts focused on working for the standardization of nursing education at the baccalaureate level. Her experiences brought her to Keuka College, where she taught and had roles in chairing the division of nursing.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates an appreciation of the relevance of the past to the present and future of the nursing profession; actively involved in professional activities outside of the classroom; and brings an enthusiasm for nursing and its future to the classroom.

Nancy Bailey Award

This award was established in September 2004 and recognizes the contributions made to the Nursing Honor Society by Nancy D. Bailey, the College’s first Vice President. This award is presented to a member of this Society who demonstrates high professional standards in practice, administration, or teaching; demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills through encouraging or mentoring others in supporting the goals of the Society; and exemplifies leadership qualities through participation in Honor Society activities.

Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter #474 Upsilon Upsilon

Organizational Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service, and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – In 1922, six nurses founded STTI at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos, and Timé, meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." STTI became incorporated in1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

Criteria for Regular Membership

Student candidates must have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential. Students must have graduated from a baccalaureate or equivalent nursing degree program that leads to the first professional nursing degree. Students in graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have graduated from an accredited program of graduate study in nursing including master, post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral. Students in both basic and graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence according to the standards approved by the society.

Criteria for Nurse Leaders

A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership.

Graduate Leadership Award

The Keuka College Division of Nursing Graduate Leadership Award celebrates and recognizes the nurse leader who exemplifies the vision of the school to provide transformative leadership in nursing education locally and globally.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical leadership; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates ongoing commitment to advancing the future of nursing.


The Keuka College M.S. in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE address is:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 887-6791

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions Requirements

M.S. in Nursing Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.33 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.33 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.

You must apply for either of these programs online. Additional information, such as essay topics and other supplemental items, are provided on the application.

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