Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Graduates of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (APNG) concentration are prepared to give broad, comprehensive care within legal parameters to adults across the life span in ambulatory settings.

These nurse practitioners focus their care on health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Adult NPs practice directly or in collaboration with other health professional in order to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. NPs are employed in primary care offices including internal medicine and family practice, clinics, managed care offices, emergency rooms, free clinics, and occupational health settings.

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP concentration offers:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising
  • ​Many online course offerings
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of ambulatory settings and specialty clinics
  • A 99% student pass rate on the ANP certification exam since 1997
  • The award of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at completion
  • Eligibility to attain ANCC certification and AANP certification

Kent State also offers a program in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic. These classes are held at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and are subject to an enrollment quota.

The ideal applicants to this concentration will have 3-5 years of nursing experience. Applicants must arrange for an interview prior to being approved for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Interviews will take place early spring for fall semester and late summer to early fall for spring semester.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

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Concentration Director

Lisa EcheverryLisa Echeverry
Associate Professor


Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing.

View information, requirements, and employment information for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate