Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AGPCNP/AGNP) | College of Nursing | Kent State University

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner master's degree concentration will prepare you to give broad, comprehensive care to adults across the lifespan.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP) students develop advanced practice nursing competencies in health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Clinical experiences involve direct care in collaboration with other health professionals to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services.

Clinical practica include primary care offices, such as internal medicine and family practice clinics, managed care offices, emergency departments, free clinics, and long-term care and occupational health settings.

In this role, you may be employed in primary care offices including internal medicine and family practice, clinics, managed care offices, emergency rooms, free clinics, and occupational health settings.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take either the ANCC or AANP examinations for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP. 2017 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 95% on board certification examinations.
 

Why Kent State? We offer you:  

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Many online courses
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
 

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
 
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements

Curriculum

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP concentration is 41 credits which includes 525 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse / 3 credits
  • NURS 60015: Advanced Health Assessment / 3 credits 
  • NURS 60506: Clinical Diagnostics / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60120: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care I / 3 credits
  • NURS 61292: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care I Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits

Summer Semester

  • NURS 60125: Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner Role / 1 credit
  • NURS 61892: Family and Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum (75 hours) / 1 credit
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60220: Primary Care II: Chronically Ill Adults / 3 credits
  • NURS 62292: Primary Care II Practicum: Chronically Ill Adults (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60320: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care III / 3 credits
  • NURS 63692: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care III Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer an Adult-Gero Primary Care NP post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing. View requirements and employment disclosure for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP course instructors:

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Denise Pacholski
MSN, RN, CNP
Coordinator

Photo of Patricia Baller

Patricia Baller
MSN, RN, CNM
Senior Lecturer

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Lisa Onesko
DNP, RN, AGNP-BC
Assistant Professor

 

Get to know all of the MSN Faculty

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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