No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

CCNE logoManage your own patients throughout their healthcare journey with Walden’s MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program online. Learn from practicing NPs as you gain the advanced training to oversee the health and well-being of people age 13 and older. Fill the gaps in primary care delivery and be part of the movement toward accessible, high-quality healthcare for all.

AGPCNPs are advanced practice nurses who manage disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, and restorative care in adolescents and adults. This specialization’s content is consistent with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) standards for AGPCNP.

Why Choose Walden’s Online MSN-AGPCNP Program?

  • Become a key care provider and impact lives: Oversee your own group of patients and provide complete, preventive, and continuous healthcare across the spectrum of adolescence to older adulthood.
  • Diversify your practice skills: Explore primary care issues in women’s health as well as senior adults. Focus on the proactive diagnosis and management of a variety of chronic and acute conditions.
  • Prepare for the national certification exam: As a graduate of this CCNE-accredited program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the national adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certification exam.
  • Learn from experienced nurse practitioners: Our NP didactic faculty are 100% doctorally prepared. Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis.
  • Build your expertise via engaging coursework: State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.
  • Connect—and learn—with other talented nurses: Engage with other passionate healthcare professionals through our Facebook groups and alumni associations as well as Phi Nu, our chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 52% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will be applied to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.


Master Skills to Deliver End-to-End Healthcare

Reach your potential as a clinician and move patient care forward with Walden’s online FNP program. Our curriculum prepares you to provide holistic, evidence-based care through life’s transitionary stages, from birth to end of life. Learn to use advanced clinical judgment to diagnose and treat illness, advocate for patients, and empower them to live healthier lives.

Walden practicum 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. practicum requirements.

Meet Your MSN-FNP Program Academic Team

Judi KuricDr. Judi Kuric, Program Director
Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced practice nursing and over 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 GaticaDr. Stefanie Gatica, Practicum Coordinator
Dr. Gatica is a board certified family nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience. She has held several positions as a clinician and educator. She has served on numerous committees at Walden including Student Affairs and Clinical Advisory. She is currently a coordinator for the FNP program.

Jennifer StoneDr. Jennifer Stone, Practicum 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 Faculty and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Phyllis D. MorganDr. Phyllis D. Morgan, Program Coordinator
Dr. Morgan has been a certified family nurse practitioner for several years. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a member of several professional and community organizations. Her areas of research focus on African American men’s and women’s health issues.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this online MSN-FNP program, you’ll learn 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 the 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.

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialization is a specialized program offered to a limited number of new students each quarter. Enrollment in the FNP specialization is limited to allow for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum.

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Take Primary Care Into the Future

You want to do more to promote health and wellness in your community. From practitioner faculty to dedicated support services, we have the resources to help you realize your vision. Find out if Walden’s MSN-AGPCNP program is right for you.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?

With a growing emphasis on preventive care and an aging population, primary care nurse practitioners are in demand. Jobs for NPs are expected to soar by 52% through 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—a rate much faster than average for all occupations.2

An online MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program can empower you to build rewarding relationships with patients as you manage their long-term care. Position yourself for new career opportunities. Become a catalyst for improved healthcare outcomes in your practice and community.

An MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner can prepare you to work in settings such as:3

  • Primary care clinics
  • Specialty care clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Women’s health clinics
  • Public health departments
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Internal medicine
  • Palliative care facilities

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills, and top job titles for MSN grads.

Testimonials

Armiel Suriaga

Armiel Suriaga

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student
I was surprised at how well Walden’s program eased the burden on me as a student.
From what I learned at Walden, I made recommendations to increase job satisfaction in our local nursing home. Every suggestion I’ve made has been approved to be implemented.
Phillip Faughn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
Phillip Faughn
Tanja Wildbahner Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student

FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). Are You Considering a Career as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on licensure: Walden’s MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.

No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.

Note on certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.

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