Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate

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1.5 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate Overview

Are you an RN with a master’s degree who’s interested in managing the health and wellness of adults or elderly patients? It’s time to earn your AGNP certificate online and move your career forward.

  • Promote and provide care as a member of a health care team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities.
  • Prepare to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ (AANP) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification.
  • Learn from faculty with decades of nursing experience who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom.
  • Start when it's convenient for you and complete your coursework online, while completing clinicals in your local community.

Gain the Expertise That Employers — and Your Patients — Need

Serve and treat adult or elderly populations in settings such as family practices, nursing or convenient care facilities, or universities:

  • Collaborate with the individual, community, and other health care professionals to ensure high-quality primary care services.
  • Advocate for adult or elderly patients as they interact with the health care system.
  • Maintain quality of care through consultation, collaboration, and continuing education.
  • Provide holistic care that is responsive to the individual’s cultural and spiritual beliefs.
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Note: At this time, residents of the following states and territories may not enroll in this program: Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Guam. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

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Clinical Practice Experience

Gain valuable experience by applying what you’ve learned in a real-world setting. You’ll participate in a series of clinical practice sessions at a health care facility or clinical site as part of the program.

Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about the number of hours needed to complete the clinical requirement.

Admissions Requirements

A master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and an approved criminal background check is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework focuses on preparing you to promote and provide primary care as a member of an interprofessional team and improve the availability of evidence-based, culturally relevant health care in diverse communities.

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Primary Care of the Adolescent and Adult
  • Primary Care of Women's Health
  • Primary Care of the Frail Elderly
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

What Does an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Do?

An AGNP or gerontological nurse practitioner works with adults and elderly populations. Responsibilities include:

  • Diagnose, treat, and manage chronic health conditions.
  • Promote general health and deliver preventive care.
  • Prescribe and manage medication.
  • Help develop appropriate policy and evidence-based practice.
  • Serve as a health educator and coach.
  • Employ the latest technology to assist patients.

Faculty With Real-World Experience

Our faculty has decades of nursing experience and brings real-world knowledge to the classroom. Many hold doctorates or advanced nursing certifications; all faculty members possess at least a master’s degree.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

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Career Opportunities

Nurse practitioners (NPs) function as primary providers to specialized groups of patients and can serve in many different work environments, including family practices or retail health locations. They can also play vital roles in convenient care facilities, nursing care facilities, and universities.

Responsibilities may include diagnosing and treating patients, ordering tests, interpreting results, preparing treatment plans, and prescribing medication (in many states).

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

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Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Nursing Licensure: Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams.

Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).