Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP

Become a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level

Keuka College’s Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Program is designed to give nurses like you the opportunity to advance your career and enhance the level of patient care you provide. It empowers you to explore new healthcare opportunities through hands-on experience, research, and evidence-based practice.

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Two AGPCNP Programs

Enter the program with either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.

In-person and Online Hybrid

Get the best of both worlds. Attend some face-to-face classes on our lakeside campus. Complete homework, assignments, and other coursework online during the week.

Degree Program Cohort Model

Learn and grow alongside the same group of working nurses throughout the entire program. The cohort model gives you support and encouragement from colleagues who are in the thick of things with you and provides a rich professional network for you to draw from for the remainder of your career.

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Becoming a nurse practitioner is within your reach thanks to our flexible, convenient, and affordable program.

You already have amazing nursing skills and abundant knowledge. Keuka College’s program builds on them and allows you to earn your master’s degree or certificate quickly without breaking the bank – even if you have a demanding job and busy family.

Master’s Degree Program

  • Designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing 
  • Attend class in person once a week for four hours on our lakeside campus
  • Complete assignments and readings online when it fits your schedule
  • You can complete the program in 24 months

Certificate Program

  • Designed for those who have a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) 
  • Attend an in-person class once a week for fours hours on our lakeside campus 
  • Complete assignments and readings online when it fits your schedule
  • You can complete the program in 17 months

Courses will transform you into a primary care provider who can apply the latest research, technology, and expertise to patient care.

Requirements

The number of credits you need will vary depending on whether you already have a master’s degree. The program requires 540 hours of clinical field instruction in order to earn your degree or certificate from Keuka College.

If you’ve already started an MSN program elsewhere, some of your graduate-level credits may transfer in, saving you time and money.

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12 Master’s Degree (AGPCNP) Core Courses

42 Credits

The MSN Core Courses provide an in-depth exploration of clinical assessment and treatment, nursing theory and research, leadership, informatics, and clinical placement in a practice near you. You’ll also explore healthcare policy, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

8 Certificate Core Courses

28 Credits

For those who have an MSN, the certificate core courses provide an in-depth introduction and overview to generalist adult and gerontology healthcare promotion. You’ll explore health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, primary care practice and nursing leadership.

Master’s Degree Courses 

These foundational courses will introduce you to advanced nursing practice, blending theory with practical application. Areas you’ll explore include:

  • Organizational and systems leadership
  • Nursing Theory and Research
  • Health Care Policy 
  • Nursing Informatics

NUR-500: Organizational & Systems Leadership

This course provides an overview of the advanced nursing roles and responsibilities in the healthcare system. The differentiated needs of the client being served and the range of specialized services offered will be explored. The course begins with an overview of the economic and financial aspects of the healthcare delivery system, including specific issues across the system and their relevance to nursing, healthcare finance and control, and the evolving role of the masters prepared nurse. Utilizing research and technology, the masters prepared nurse assesses changes in healthcare delivery informed by the principles of related theories. Integration of such advanced understanding is analyzed related to the ability to deliver evidence-based and value- based nursing care. Ethical considerations and legal professional responsibilities surrounding the delivery of healthcare are explored in an ever-changing environment.

NUR-510: Nursing Theory and Research

This course presents a foundation for understanding the discipline and development of nursing knowledge as an essential component of scholarly practice for the Masters Prepared Nurse. This course provides the student with a better understanding of how evidence-based practice is translated into the healthcare environment. The research process is presented as students develop an appreciation for the thought processes used to formulate a research problem and purpose. Quantitative, qualitative, and outcomes research are examined in an effort to investigate a variety of research problems and purposes. Published studies are separated into their component parts to evaluate the logical consistency of the theoretical system and its interaction with the study methodology. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of research are reviewed through performance of critiquing skills. Methodology, implementation, and data analysis/evaluation are stressed as the processes of statistical analyses are presented. Relevant theories highlight the application of nursing research aimed at providing evidence-based nursing care across a variety of patient care settings. The interrelationship of nursing theory, research, and practice is explored using best practice models. This course includes the theoretical basis of outcomes research, a brief history of emerging attempts to examine outcomes, the importance of outcomes research designed to examine nursing practice, and methodologies used in outcomes research.

NUR-520: Nursing Informatics

This course extends and integrates the nurse's knowledge of nursing science, nursing interventions and evidenced based practice with computer science, informatics science and technology. Students examine and critique a variety of healthcare information sources and technologies focused on improving patient care outcomes by navigating and evaluating their reliability and validity. Patient care is considered relative to technology teaching tools, particularly as it aims to improve standards of care. The utilization and management of various information and communication technologies will be evaluated with attention to the ethical and legal ramifications. Those technologies that are most appropriate to enhance the delivery of patient care and to improve patient outcomes will be identified.

Certificate Degree Courses

Courses for those who have an MSN focus on the assessment and application of clinical reasoning skills with an emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of chronic and acute health conditions.

Using an evidence-based research model that integrates training, core, and specialty coursework equipping you to work for positive change as a leader within the profession. 

NUR-550: Advanced Health Assessment

This course provides the adult learner with the opportunity to develop advanced health assessment skills. Using the nursing process, the adult learner will obtain and interpret health histories and conduct thorough physical examinations with diverse populations across the lifespan. Normal aging is compared to and contrasted with pathological history and examination findings. An introduction to the process of diagnostic reasoning is provided. Health promotion and risk reduction concepts are stressed throughout the course. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies are explored in light of the various predictors of health (i.e. genomics, socioeconomic situation, culture, and spiritual beliefs). The adult learner is expected to engage in experiential hands-on learning. The students have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based knowledge while practicing health assessment skills in assigned teams.

NUR-560: Advanced Pathophysiology

Using a systems approach, this course provides the adult learner with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and share knowledge related to the management of common pathophysiologic processes occurring within diverse populations across the lifespan. Systems to be explored include: cardiac, vascular, respiratory, and immune. Concepts of pharmacotherapy are presented including pharmaco-dynamics, pharmaco-kinetics, and pharmaco-genomics. In addition, non-pharmacologic, complementary, and/or alternative therapies are explored. Economic implications and their effects on the ethics of healthcare decision making are discussed and explored. Identification and management of co-morbidities will be addressed, with a strong emphasis on the importance of support from caregivers and/or family. Availability of community resources is explored. The adult learner is expected to engage in experiential hands-on learning. The adult learners have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based knowledge while practicing health promotion strategies in selected community settings.

NUR-570: Advanced Pharmacology

Using a systems approach, this course provides the adult learner with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and share knowledge related to the management of common pathophysiologic processes occurring within diverse populations across the lifespan. Systems to be explored include: renal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal and integumentary. Concepts of pharmacotherapy are presented including pharmaco-dynamics, pharmaco-kinetics, and pharmaco-genomics. In addition, non-pharmacologic, complementary, and/or alternative therapies are explored. Economic implications and their effects on the ethics of healthcare decision making are discussed and explored. Identification and management of co-morbidities will be addressed, with a strong emphasis on the importance of support from caregivers and / or family. Availability of community resources is explored. The adult learner is expected to engage in experiential hands-on learning. The adult learners have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based knowledge while practicing health promotion strategies in selected community settings.

Your clinical placement will be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of becoming a nurse practitioner.

There are countless opportunities for convenient clinical placements at hospitals, schools, community organizations, rehabilitation centers, and many more in and around the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and Syracuse. Our program staff will work with you to customize your field experience to reflect your educational goals, desired practice specialty, and scheduling requests to the fullest extent possible.

The clinical placement gives you the legally-required 540 hours of real-world, hands-on clinical nursing practice. Your professors and your field supervisor will be there to help you each step of the way.

Keuka College has helped hundreds of students like you become primary care nurse practitioners affordably. 

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Which of our NP programs interests you?

20 months

Program Length

56

Credits Needed

$475

Cost per Credit

$13,300

Estimated Total Cost Before Financial Aid

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Affording Your MSN AGPCNP

Becoming a nurse practitioner is an investment in your future and your family that has everlasting benefits. 

Financial Aid
Keuka College scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you. Our financial aid team is here to help you navigate the process and find as many opportunities as are available to you. 

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Transferring Credit
Earn your master’s degree in Nursing faster and save money by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited college or university, College-level testing programs, select international sources, or the U.S. military.

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Demand for primary care nurse practitioners will continue to grow because of a primary care physician shortage and a rapidly growing and aging population.

As a primary care nurse practitioner, you can work in a variety of different settings depending on your interests and preferences, including:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Professor of Nursing
  • Telemedicine Nurse Practitioner

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average, thanks to an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from an aging population.

And according to the New York State Department of Labor, New York Nurses with an AGPCNP licensure earn a median salary of $115,000. Employment prospects in New York state are very favorable.

Experienced nurse practitioners can earn more than $122,000 per year in New York state.

What our Nurse Practitioner Graduates Say

Portrait of Sarah in her white coat in her hospital

I’m in a completely different role from nursing – I’m a provider in a primary care office with a great collaborating physician.

Instead of following doctor’s orders, you’re giving them.

— Sarah Brimmer ’17

Your Nursing professors are accomplished academics and seasoned clinicians. They'll combine theoretical concepts and clinical expertise to give you the best Nursing education possible.

It stands for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. A healthcare professional who uses this title is a nurse who has graduated from a program that has prepared them to act as a primary care provider. They serve patients who are aged 18 through adulthood to old age.  

An FNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and an AGPCNP is an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Both can be used to describe a nurse who has graduated from a rigorous graduate-level program like Keuka College’s. The difference between them is in the populations they treat. An FNP can treat patients from birth through adulthood. An AGPCNP provides care for those aged 18 and up. 

The short answer is - LOTS! An Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) works as a primary care provider for patients ages 18 to old age. They may work in a clinic with a physician, have a private practice of their own. They can also work in a variety of settings such as hospices, long-term care facilities, correctional institutes, and urgent care clinics. As a primary care provider, they are the first line of defense in helping the patient maintain their health. A typical day might see you diagnosing and treating illnesses, doing wellness visits, doing health assessments, giving immunizations, and providing health counseling. Nurse practitioners can also order diagnostic testing and prescribe medications.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, nurse practitioners in New York have an annual median income of $115,000. Experienced nurse practitioners earn around $122,000. 

Neither a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician’s Assistant is higher than the other. Both professionals have worked hard to deepen their knowledge and increase their area of expertise in order to be able to serve patients in a more comprehensive way. Depending on state regulations governing their practice, an NP or a PA may work with a physician or be on their own. The main difference between them is in the way they approach patient care. A nurse practitioner uses the nursing model of care, and the PA uses the medical model. The nursing model takes a holistic approach to care, concentrating on the patient’s mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as their physical needs. NPs focus on health promotion. The medical model focuses on disease pathology and curing the problem. The PA examines patient’s anatomy and physiological systems in the diseased state versus a state of health. 

Yes! In fact, this is most often where you find an AGPCNP. Depending on their area of expertise, an NP may work in an urgent care clinic or with a physician, or even have a practice of their own. They diagnose patients, help manage chronic illness, prescribe medicine, and order diagnostic tests. 

There are a variety of types of nurse practitioners, and their specialties and acronyms describe the kind of work they do and sometimes the setting in which they work. Both Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners have graduated from a program in which they have deepened the scope of their medical knowledge. Consequently, they are equipped to care for patients from adolescents to the very old. However, an acute care nurse practitioner often works in a hospital or clinic where they are able to treat people who are experiencing some sort of health crises. Perhaps they have broken a leg or are suffering from a gunshot wound. A primary care nurse practitioner treats patients in a clinic or practice and helps patients live healthy lives. They might see a patient for an annual physical, or help an elderly patient manage a condition such as osteoporosis.