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Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN


The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG PCNP) prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health individuals from adolescence through adulthood and through end of life in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion, illness prevention, the management of minor acute illnesses, and chronic complex health management needs of older adults to maximize their health, functional status, and independence. The AGPCNP provides leadership and promotes research to maximize health care delivery services for adults, older adults, and their families. Graduates are prepared to take the National Certification Exam as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and are then eligible to be recognized and licensed as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing.

John D. Gonzalez DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NP-C
Director, Adult Gerontology Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG PCNP) to provide health care to adults, elders, their families and communities.
  • Collaborate with health professionals and use essential resources to implement quality, continuous care to adults and families and coordinate with multidisciplinary teams the delivery of quality health care across the continuum of elder services.
  • Demonstrate confidence in assessment, diagnosis and management of the health needs of adults and their families.
  • Provide health care to elders and their families that maximize their quality of life and promote a peaceful death when appropriate.
  • Use research and theoretical principles in the management and quality improvement of health care delivery and clinical outcomes in AGPCNP practice using research methodologies.

Course Lists

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Course List
Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
Total Semester Credit Hours: 41
Total Clinical Hours: 720
NURS 5327 Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing This course provides a critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project. *Previously NURS 5328 Yes:
NURS 5327 and 5366
3 / 0
NURS 5315 Advanced Pathophysiology This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5334 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5316 Advanced Health Assessment Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Certificate Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5350 Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice Theory and application of multiple roles of advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5461 Adult Gerontology Management Across the Continuum of Care Foundations of advanced knowledge of common acute and chronic health problems in adolescents, adults, and elders across health care settings. Yes:
NURS 5316 or NURS 5418 and NURS 5334. NURS 5367 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing.
4 / 0
NURS 5462 Adult Gerontology Primary Care Focus on interdisciplinary approach and advanced knowledge in the management of adults from adolescence through old age, their families, and communities in a variety of health care settings. Yes:
NURS 5461 or Cert. Program Standing
4 / 0
NURS 5352 Adult Gerontology Primary Care Clinical Practice I Clinical experience in primary and long term health care settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults, and elders with common episodic acute and chronic health care needs. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5461. NURS 5462 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good Academic Standing (GPA 3.0).
3 / 180
NURS 5353 Adult Gerontology Primary Care Clinical Practice II Continued clinical experience in primary and long term health care settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults, and elders with common episodic acute and chronic health care needs. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5461. NURS 5462 and NURS 5352 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0).
3 / 180
NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All major courses must be completed. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Certificate Program Standing.
6 / 360