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Walden graduates more nurses with advanced degrees than any other university.¹

Do you want to care for your own group of patients throughout their healthcare journey? If you already have an MSN, Walden’s online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Post-Master’s Certificate program offers a convenient path forward. Take only the courses you need to academically prepare to become an NP—either for the first time or to add a new nurse practitioner specialty to your existing license.

An adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certificate program academically prepares nurses to effectively assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of health issues among patients ages 13 years and older. Walden’s streamlined program allows you to earn your NP post-master’s certificate with just 38 quarter credits or less.

The post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate program is accredited by CCNE for the 10-year maximum term. CCNE accreditation is an external validation of the quality and strength of our nursing program, achieved through Walden’s dedicated faculty, exemplary support services, skilled preceptors, and commitment to the nursing profession.

Upon graduation from our adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certificate program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national certification exam for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

Improve Patients’ Lives

Oversee your own group of patients and provide complete , preventive, and continuous healthcare from adolescence to older adulthood.

Diversify Your Skills

Get training in the proactive diagnosis and management of chronic and acute conditions. Explore women’s and seniors’ healthcare.

Learn From Practicing NPs

Our program is developed by practicing AGPCNPs—so you know the curriculum will cover real-world scenarios and relevant skills.

Engage in High-Impact Learning

State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.

Take Advantage of Transfer-of-Credit Opportunities

Do you already have your MSN—or are you already an NP? You may be eligible to transfer credit from your previous coursework to reduce the number of courses you will need to complete the AGACNP post-master’s certificate. Contact an Enrollment Specialist to learn more.

Program Savings

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Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 38 quarter credits
  • Core courses (3 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (35 cr. includes the required 640 practicum hours*)

Start dates are offered each quarter so you can begin your program when it is convenient for you. Enrollment in this nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program is currently open to new students. Due to high demand, this certificate program has an enrollment cap in place for each start date. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to find out more about available start dates.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286


Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Core Courses

NURS 6002/6003
Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing

In this course students are introduced to Walden University and online learning. Students explore strategies for the successful participation in an online curriculum. Students also will receive a foundation for academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Course assignments introduce students to resources that support success, development of graduate-level writing skills and use of APA Style, academic integrity, and the creation of a professional development plan based on each student’s chosen specialization.

3 cr.

Specialization Courses

NURS 6501
Advanced Pathophysiology

Advanced practice nurses must be equipped with an in-depth understanding of pathophysiological disease processes across the lifespan. In this course, students focus on understanding the bio-physiological processes, the deviations from these processes, and an in-depth examination of the scientific concepts related to the biology of disease processes. Advanced practice nursing students build on their knowledge of normal organ systems functioning to help organ systems return to optimal homeostasis. Through knowledge of pathophysiological disease processes, students synthesize the information needed to develop appropriate treatment plans for patients across the life span. Students explore a variety of topics regarding organ system diseases.

Prerequisites

MSN NP Specializations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

  • NURS 5050 or NURS 6050
  • NURS 5051 or NURS 6051
  • NURS 5052 or NURS 6052
  • NURS 6053

Post-Master's Certificates in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 6002N or NURS 6003N

(5 cr.)
NURS 6521
Advanced Pharmacology

A solid foundation in the concepts and principles of drug therapy across the lifespan is essential to the work of advanced practice nurses. This course applies the advanced principles of pharmacology, including pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics, by analysis of common drug classes prescribed by advanced practice nurses across the life span. Factors influencing successful therapy, such as effectiveness, safety, acceptability, cost, genetic/environmental influences, complementary regimens, and patient behaviors are considered. Through this course, students prepare to examine complex decisions in the management and treatment of selected acute and chronic diseases across the life span through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic agents. Advanced practice nursing students will have a more in-depth understanding of drug legislation and regulation for prescribing drugs.

Prerequisites

MSN NP Specializations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

  • NURS 5050 or NURS 6050
  • NURS 5051 or NURS 6051
  • NURS 5052 or NURS 6052
  • NURS 6053

Post-Master's Certificates in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 6002N or NURS 6003N

(5 cr.)
NURS 6512
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

The physical and emotional well-being of patients and families can be complex and multifaceted. Advanced practice nurses need to have the knowledge and ability to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive physical health assessments. Students in this course focus on concepts and skills to assess patients across the lifespan. They learn to use diagnostic reasoning, advanced communication, and physical assessment skills to identify changes in health patterns. Students also will explore preventative health through risk evaluation of healthy individuals as a central theme of clinical practice in addition to the assessment of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The advanced skills of suturing, reading 12 Lead EKGs, and interpreting X-rays will be covered. Course assignments emphasize risk assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based assessment across the lifespan.

Prerequisites

MSN NP Specializations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

  • NURS 5050 or NURS 6050
  • NURS 5051 or NURS 6051
  • NURS 5052 or NURS 6052
  • NURS 6053

Post-Master's Certificates in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • NURS 6002N or NURS 6003N

(5 cr.)
NRNP 6531
Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan

In this course, students learn how nurse practitioners master the art and science of clinical decision making among adult populations across the lifespan. Students focus on the diagnosis and management of primary healthcare needs and problems of the adult across the lifespan. They engage in a variety of course assignments that focus on physical and behavioral disease processes central to diagnosing conditions as well as planning, implementing, and evaluating therapeutic treatment programs for acute illnesses commonly encountered in a primary healthcare setting.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501N
  • NURS 6512N
  • NURS 6521N

(3 cr.)
PRAC 6531
Primary Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum

Nurse practitioner students in their specialty, will synthesize their knowledge from previous clinical courses and professional experiences related to the issues and trends in healthcare needs of adults across the lifespan including the diagnosis and management of various conditions. The focus of this course is on advanced nursing practice in the acute/chronic care environment of the adult patient. Students gain confidence in clinical experiences in a primary healthcare setting where they learn to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic regimens for adult patients with common acute and chronic conditions.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521

Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 practicum hours.

(2 cr.)
NRNP 6540
Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults

In this course, students focus on the complex healthcare and management needs of older adults by advanced nurse practitioners in acute and primary care  settings. Students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic regimens of older adults through the application of knowledge in multiple settings. Additionally, students examine content related to end-of-life care and caregiver issues to gain the knowledge and sensibilities needed to implement positive change for the quality of life available to this vulnerable population.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521

(3 cr.)
PRAC 6540
Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults Practicum

This is one of four practicum courses in the Adult-Gerontology curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment to the diagnosis and management of those conditions more common in older adults. The focus of this course is on advanced nursing practice relevant to the acute and primary care environments.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521

Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 practicum hours.

(2 cr.)
NRNP 6552
Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care

How can a nurse practitioner decide what is important to focus on in a 15–30 minute appointment with individuals seeking primary, prenatal, or postpartum care? Students in this course gain opportunities to teach and promote wellness in individuals through the process of screening for common gynecologic conditions, normal pregnancy, and other common health conditions that impact the individual's health. Students learn to analyze data to interpret results for the benefit of the individual seeking assistance with planning healthy lifestyle behaviors. They also gain an understanding of working with individual's sexual identity and sexual orientation with respect to, ethical decision making, and an unbiased approach to optimal care. Students will consider how this course will benefit their clinical experience in a primary healthcare setting to increase competence in diagnosis, treatment, referrals, or follow-up care with a concentration on improving patient outcomes.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521
  • NURS 6531 or NUNP 6531
  • NURS 6540 or NURS 6541

(3 cr.)
PRAC 6552
Advanced Nurse Practice in Reproductive Health Care Practicum

Nurse practitioner students in their specialty, will synthesize their knowledge from previous clinical courses and experiences related to the issues and trends in healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities including the diagnosis and management of reproductive care. The focus of this course is on advanced nursing practice in the acute/chronic care environment of the gynecologic and/or obstetric patient.  Students also examine how to care for patients based on sexual preferences and gender identification.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521
  • NURS 6531 or NUNP 6531 or (NRNP 6531 and PRAC 6531)
  • (NRNP 6540 and PRAC 6540) or (NRNP 6541 and PRAC 6541)

Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 practicum hours.

(2 cr.)
NRNP 6565
Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings

Students in this synthesis course focus on clinical competence in the care of adults in primary care settings by building on knowledge and skills gained in previous courses. Students build confidence as they continue to transition from the role of registered nurse to that of advanced practice nurse. Classroom activities and case studies enable students to explore the salient nurse practitioner practice issues involved in the delivery of safe, competent, high-quality, and cost-effective care of patients in a dynamic healthcare system. The application of knowledge in the management of clients and collaboration among the advanced practice nurse and the client, family, and interprofessional healthcare team are emphasized. This course is designed for nurse practitioner (NP) students to synthesize their knowledge and clinical skills to provide care to patients with complex health conditions.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521
  • NURS 6531 or NUNP 6531
  • NURS 6541 or NUNP 6541
  • NURS 6551 or NUNP 6551

(3 cr.)
PRAC 6565
Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings Practicum

This is the last of four practicum courses in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Clinical experiences in primary care settings provide students with the continued opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate management plans for patients with complex health conditions. The application of knowledge in the management of clients and collaboration among the advanced practice nurse and the client, family, and interprofessional healthcare team are emphasized.

Prerequisites

  • NURS 6501
  • NURS 6512
  • NURS 6521
  • NURS 6531 or NUNP 6531
  • NURS 6541 or NUNP 6541
  • NRNP 6552 or NUNP 6552

Note: This course requires a minimum of 160 practicum hours and must be the last course in the curriculum.

(2 cr.)
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*Students who have already completed a nurse practitioner program may be eligible for transfer of credit for this course.

**Walden MSN alumni are eligible for transfer of credit for this course.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 38 quarter credit hours $715 per quarter hour $27,170
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $960

Clinical Course Fee

Per course below

(PRAC 6531, PRAC 6540, PRAC 6552, PRAC 6565)

 $150 $600
       $28,730‡*

*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships, or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits for non-alumni. Walden alumni may be eligible to transfer more credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,500 to $2,000. Students may also incur additional costs related to practicum, including but not limited to costs of travel to their practicum site, practicum onboarding fees, per quarter practicum fees, and liability insurance costs.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for this certificate program, you must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school, and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

Prepare to Deliver Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

In Walden’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, you’ll gain the advanced training to oversee patients across the spectrum of adolescence to older adulthood. Position yourself to fill the gaps in primary care delivery and become a catalyst for accessible, high-quality healthcare in a range of settings.

This certificate program’s content is consistent with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) standards for AGPCNP education.

Walden field experience coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program Director

    Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.

  • Stefanie Gatica

    Stefanie Gatica

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Gatica is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of experience. She has held several positions as a clinician and educator. In addition, Dr. Gatica has served on numerous committees at Walden, including Student Affairs and Clinical Advisory.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certificate program, you will be academically prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Career Outlook

Given the growing emphasis on preventive care—coupled with an aging population—demand for nurse practitioners is on the rise. Jobs for NPs are projected to increase by 52% through 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—a rate much faster than average for all occupations.2

With a Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, you’ll be ready to build rewarding relationships with your patients as you personally manage their long-term care. Position yourself for new career opportunities and make a positive impact on healthcare outcomes in your practice and community.

An adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Primary care clinics
  • Specialty care clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Women’s health clinics
  • Public health departments
  • Long-term care facilities

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