Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
31
Credit Hours
24
Months (Avg.)
Next Start Date
Jan 3, 2022
Placement Tests
GMAT/GRE not required for admission

Specialize in the long-term care of adults with a AGNP certificate

Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Nation Demographic Analysis revealed that between 2010 and 2020, the number of people over age 55 increased by 27%, a growth rate 20 times larger than the growth rate of the population under age 55. If you have a passion for caring for older people, Franklin University’s post-graduate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate (AGPC-CERT) is a great way to specialize your nursing practice and position yourself for increased responsibility and professional growth.  

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Overview

Whether you are an RN with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Ph.D. in Nursing, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), our program prepares you to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes for adolescents, adult and geritatric populations. You’ll gain the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for the assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion and disease prevention. Upon completing the certificate, you will be eligible for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Balance your ambition with existing commitments

Designed for the working nurse, the AGPC-CERT will prepare you for a leadership or clinical nursing position in a variety of primary care settings, including long-term and preventive care, hospitals, private clinics and community health centers. 

With convenient 6-, 12- and 16-week online courses, you’ll build your theoretical knowledge and foundational technical skills quickly – completing your certificate in 28 months. Plus, in your final year of study you’ll get hands-on learning in a simulated skills lab, as well as on-site clinical residency experience in an approved healthcare setting. 

Apply and practice your technical skills as you learn

Throughout the AGPC-CERT program, you’ll learn and practice your newfound technical skills in a simulated lab environment. Later, you’ll refine your skills with a real-world internship that lets you put learned theories into clinical practice to provide comprehensive nursing care. 

Your training toward becoming an AGPCNP includes a rigorously designed curriculum that emphasizes what next-level AGPCNPs need to know. You’ll learn – and practice – a variety of specialized skills. From suturing, biopsy and diagnostics, to differential diagnosis, objective assessments and evidence-based interventions, you’ll be enhancing the lives and care of our aging population.

Save time and tuition with a transfer-friendly, post-graduate AGPCNP Certificate program

If you qualify for transfer credit, you could graduate up to 9 months faster. To be eligible for up to 12 hours of transfer credit, credit hours must be from an accredited MSN program. Common sources of transfer credit include standard MSN-program courses like advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced physical assessment, as long as they have been completed within 3 to 5 years of your enrollment in Franklin’s AGPC-CERT program. Talk with an admissions advisor to see if you may benefit from transfer credit based on previously earned MSN credit.

Earn your AGPCNP certificate from a university built for busy adults

Earn your AGPC-CERT on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family and life. Get started on your future today.

 


 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Franklin University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

As part of the initial accreditation for the programs, a CCNE on-site evaluation is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2022.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Courses & Curriculum

31 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
NURS 644 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on the functional status of patients. Students will focus on the essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research serve as a basis for applying content to population groups. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 646 - Advanced Physical Assessment (3)

This course builds upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for advanced professional nursing roles. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness, the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health record keeping is included. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 648 - Advanced Pharmacology (3)

This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used in the management of health problems encountered in primary care. Emphasis is placed on theories and principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics, which provide a foundation for critical thinking, and the application of research finding. The focus on pharmacology is aimed at the treatment of acute and chronic health problems in populations over the life span. Prerequisite NURS 612 or 613.

NURS 698 - Diagnostic Methods for the Nurse Practitioner (2)

This course will provide students with content regarding common diagnostic tests applicable to APN practice, the rationale for these tests, expected results and common abnormal results. Topics include selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, procedures for collecting specimens, analyzing selected tests and evaluating results.

NURS 700 - Foundations of Nurse Practition Practice (3)

This course introduces the practice of primary health care. Principles of safety, quality, and the art of diagnosis and treatment, population health, cultural competency, oral and written communication, and billing and coding. This course has a required basic office procedure skills and assessment lab of 16 hours.

NURS 701 - Primary Care I (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where the students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 702 - Primary Care II (4)

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with advanced theoretical knowledge in the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; used a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 710 - Management of the Geriatric Population (4)

This course focuses on the health care concepts specific to the application of assessment and management of physical and mental health with special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, disease detection, and chronic disease management for the geriatric population. Students will advance understanding of aging, age-related changes, palliative and end-of-life care. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 791 - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Capstone (4)

This course focuses on transitioning from student role to the advanced practice registered nurse working in a variety of settings with an emphasis in adolescent through geriatric emergent/urgent care, acute and chronic pain management and topics related to licensure and certification. This course has a required clinical experience of 150 hours where students will complete appropriate focused and comprehensive subjective and objective assessments; use a differential diagnosis process to make clinical decisions; select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests, medications, and referrals; and document effectively in patients' health records.

NURS 705 - Adult-Gero Primary Care NP Cert Prep (1)

This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the national certification exam. Emphasis will be on best test-taking practices, the application of critical thinking, health promotion, disease prevention, and management of care of individuals with chronic health needs.

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