Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

This post-master’s certification program is designed to prepare nurses to meet the growing need for advanced practice nursing in the American healthcare system. If you have already earned a master’s degree in nursing and would like to become an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGNP), this certificate will help you enhance your skills to meet the healthcare needs of our aging population. Nurse practitioners provide front-line, primary care for adults in hospitals, community centers, workplaces, clinics, and other organizational settings. In this program, you’ll build on your practical experience with coursework and clinical experiences that will allow you to advance your career in adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing.

North Park University’s School of Nursing has a long tradition and well-regarded reputation for training effective, compassionate caregivers. You’ll study with expert practitioner faculty in face-to-face classes. Our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab will provide you the opportunity to practice on “standardized patients” in a safe, clinical setting and receive immediate feedback from faculty. Your professors and peers will get to know you and work alongside you as you develop the advanced skills you need.

Upon completion of coursework and supervised clinical practice for this certificate, you’ll be prepared to take the nurse practitioner certification exam offered through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Post-master’s AGNP Certificate Coursework

40 total semester hours (sh), plus 585 practicum hours


Click on a course name below to read a description of that class.

Please review the full academic catalog for the year you enrolled at North Park for official degree requirements. The catalog and your School of Nursing advisor will assist you in planning your course sequence to complete your post-master’s certificate.

NURS 5020 – Population Based Health Care
This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. Students will use principles of epidemiology and public health to critically analyze needs and plan care for selected diverse individuals, families, target population, and communities. Students will explore global elements of health and health care provision, with emphasis on culturally sensitive care. Practice in collaboration with multicultural staff will be key.

NURS 5503 – Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Concepts and Transition
This course is designed to facilitate student transition into the role of advanced practice nurse. It builds on concepts of role socialization and organizational structure. Professional issues such as credentialing and reimbursement for APN's are explored. Health care policy and its impact on advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined.

NURS 5505 – Advanced Pathophysiology
This course expands on foundational concepts of pathophysiology, focusing on altered cell, organ, and system function. Recognition, evaluation, and management of common health deviations of individuals across the lifespan are also addressed.

NURS 5510 – Advanced Pharmacology
This course expands on foundational concepts of pharmacology and provides a framework for understanding pharmacotherapeutics. The overall purpose of the course is to prepare advanced practice nurses for safe therapeutic drug selection and prescription for individuals across the lifespan.

NURS 5515 – Advanced Health Assessment
This course examines the process of health history taking, physical assessment, diagnostic data interpretation, and health assessment recording for individuals across the lifespan. It consists of a 3-hr didactic portion and a 1-hr laboratory component. Students must have completed an undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent prior to registering for this course.

NURS 5520 – Health and Wellness Promotion
This course addresses theories of adult growth and development and principles of health promotion and disease prevention and introduces related national practice guidelines. Students acquire skills in conducting risk assessments, developing health promotion and risk reduction strategies, and evaluating health promotion activities.

NURS 5610 – Advanced Practice in Gerontologic Nursing I
This course addresses the principles of health and aging and strategies for advanced assessment of older adults across cultural groups. Common geriatric issues and syndromes are discussed, with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early health care interventions in primary and long- term care settings.

NURS 5530 – Adult Health Management I
The course examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.

NURS 5534 – Adult Health Management Practicum I
Clinical experiences focusing on assessment, diagnosis, and management strategies of common health alterations experienced by adults. Within this course, student begins a clinical nursing project which will be completed in Practicum II. Practicum totals 180 hours.

NURS 5540 – Adult Health Management II
The course, a continuation of NURS 5530, examines the health care needs of adults across the lifespan as addressed by the advanced practice nurse in primary care settings. It builds on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common acute episodic illnesses, chronic stable illnesses, and medical emergencies.

NURS 5620 – Advanced Practice Gerontologic Nursing II
This course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic geriatric illnesses and complex health problems of older adults of diverse cultures, including frail and demented older adults in primary and long-term care settings. The role of the primary care NP with palliative/end-of-life care management is addressed.

NURS 5780 – Adult/Gerontology Health Management Residency & Capstone
This is the culminating course for the nurse practitioner students in the adult/gerontology track. It is a residency. Students engage in clinical experiences to synthesize knowledge and skills gained in previous practicum courses. They assume responsibility for management of individual adult clients from adolescence through old age. Students will complete and report on a clinical project. Residency totals 270 clock hours.

NURS 5990 – Capstone Project
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an evidence-based practice project with potential dissemination. The project will be presented in both written and oral formats.

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner