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Master of Science in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Become an AGNP

Earn your master’s degree in advanced practice nursing and become an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) in primary care. As our population ages, the need for specialized caregivers and health professionals grows, with positions available in hospitals, clinics, community centers, and organizations of many kinds. As an AGNP you’ll be prepared to answer your patient’s questions and create care plans that understand the unique needs that face adults as they age. You’ll develop valuable skills through classroom and clinical experience and be prepared to advance your career.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Trudy DeWaters

Dr. Trudy DeWaters incorporates her research focus on gerontology and her belief that spirituality, faith, and care are important in nursing practice into hands-on learning opportunities for her students.

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Alumnus Profile

“The knowledge and clinical guidance the faculty taught me help me give the best patient care to this day,” says Joshua T. Siebell, G’15. As a nurse practitioner at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Josh uses the knowledge he gained at North Park every day.

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Where Alumni Work

  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • Northwestern Hospital
  • Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, LLC
  • Zalwango Health and Wellness Concierge, P.C.

AGNP Classes

Your advanced practice coursework and clinical experiences will include:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Concepts and Transitions
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Adult Health Management Course and Practicum
  • Adult Health/Gerontology Residency

Convenient evening schedule

Graduate nursing core courses start as early as 4:30 PM and all other classes start at 5:00 PM or later in the evening. The complete program is offered at our main campus in Chicago that is easily accessible by car and public transit, or you can start the program at our satellite campus in Arlington Heights. You’ll be able to continue working in your current role, drawing valuable connections between your classroom and practicum experiences and your nursing practice.

State-of-the-Art Simulation Lab

Opened in 2012, the Kathy J. Holmgren Nursing Simulation Laboratory provides hands-on opportunities for students to practice treating patients in a safe environment. Our 3,000-square-foot facility includes four rooms that simulate a clinical setting equipped with the latest medical technology, and three rooms dedicated to skills development. Students practice techniques on actors and high fidelity mannequins who simulate different health scenarios. Audio and video recording capabilities allow students to review their work and receive direct feedback from faculty.

MSN Pathway

Traditional candidates for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing. However, RNs with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may apply for the MSN Pathway program in any of the specializations offered at the graduate level (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Leadership and Management).

Contact Viviana Belisle in the Graduate Admissions Office for more details on the MSN Pathway Program.