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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Provide Care for the Unique Needs of Adults of All Ages

In less than two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that older Americans will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. By 2034, the number of people 65+ is expected to reach 77 million. This demographic shift points to the rising health care needs for adults and older adults in our country.

Wilkes University’s online MSN-AGPCNP program provides you with a pathway to address the growing need for nurse practitioners in this specialized area of primary care. The role of the AGPCNP is to assess, diagnose and treat the health care needs of adolescents, adults and older adults. Depending on the state in which you live, you can care for patients from 13, 15 or 18+.

As a primary care provider for adults across the continuum of care, in addition to screening patients, ordering tests and providing treatment plans, AGPCNPs may also manage transitions between care settings and provide patient and caregiver education.

Depending on your state's scope of practice regulations, you will be qualified to autonomously provide primary care and address the health concerns of this specialized population. You will play an important role in managing their health to improve their functionality and quality of life while facilitating health promotion and disease prevention.

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Clinical Placement Services

Wilkes’ dedicated clinical placement team works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that meets University and national guidelines and prepares you for success in our adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program.

Clinical placement services are built into the program's cost so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed. We partner with you to:

  • Research and find a nearby site aligned with your interest in adult-gerontology primary care. 
  • Secure a preceptor to mentor and support you.
  • Organize all necessary documents and clearance requirements before the start of your clinicals.
  • Monitor your schedule and placement hours to ensure compliance.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis and will be evaluated for admission based on the criteria for each program. These admission standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for the program.  Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – AGPCNP
  • Associate degree in nursing with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the NP clinical courses)
  • Resume
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – AGPCNP
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the NP clinical courses)
  • Resume
Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – AGPCNP
  • MSN, DNP or BSN-DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the NP clinical courses)
  • Resume

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

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* The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org)