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Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Provide for the Health Care Needs of an Aging Population

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 an aging population in our country.

Wilkes University’s online post-master’s AGPCNP certificate program provides you with a pathway to address the growing need for nurse practitioners in this specialized area of primary care. Designed for registered nurses with an MSN or DNP degree, our AGPCNP certificate program prepares you to assess, diagnose and treat the health care needs of adolescents, adults and older adults.

With your AGPCNP certificate online, you will be qualified to 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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Program Details
  • $729 per credit hour
  • 3 start dates per year
  • 9 courses
  • 1.3 years to complete
  • 27 credit hours
  • 500 clinical hours

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria. These admissions standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for this graduate-level program. Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates, as needed, for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

  • MSN or DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • Current resume

Clinical Placement Support

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 online Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – AGPCNP 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 family health and wellness. 
  • 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.

*Your placement site may be up to 125 miles from your location.

*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 (