Online A.G.P.C.N.P. Certificate

Your patients will be diverse.
Your impact can be huge.

The senior community is growing rapidly. In fact, more than 20% of the population will be over age 65 by the year 2029.* This means an increasing number of people will need medical care focused on their unique needs. Yet fewer than 5% of nurse practitioners specialize in adult-gerontology primary care.**

When a growing population faces limited health care resources, it creates barriers. But you can help eliminate them.

When you broaden your scope of practice with an online Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate, you can gain the advanced expertise to assess, diagnose and manage the health of patients 13 and older. Moreover, UND is one of the few schools to offer this specialty in the North Dakota/Minnesota/South Dakota region.

With our online A.G.P.C.N.P. certificate program, you can treat a wide range of patients and medical conditions. You also can help the underserved gain access to critical medical care when it matters most.

*U.S. Census Bureau | **American Association of Nurse Practitioners

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Why earn an online Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate?

In the next decade, older adults are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the elderly population grows, so will opportunities to help them manage their wellness. Adult-gerontology patients are a unique demographic — they often present symptoms that require research methodology and clinical experience to help diagnose and treat.

As an A.G.P.C.N.P., you’ll be a key component of care to a traditionally underserved population with accessibility challenges. You can apply your skills to treat patients ranging from adolescence through adulthood, and help them lead healthier lives. When you widen your scope of practice, you gain the opportunity to impact the health of more patients.

What can you do as a certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner?

Health care needs vary over the course of people’s lives. You can develop the skills to support them along the way. As an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, you’ll administer routine checkups, assessments, immunizations and one-on-one health counseling.

Your patient population will range in age from adolescents to the elderly, making your comprehensive nursing skills crucial to the community’s health. In this role, you’ll also be able to examine, educate and treat to empower patients to make informed medical decisions.

Practice in the following settings:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Health care clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Long-term care clinics
  • Government agencies
  • Correctional centers

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

  • Greater demand for nurses. The nursing job outlook is projected to grow 26% from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Longer life expectancies increase demand for specialized health services. People are living longer than ever before. This creates a need for medical professionals who are specially trained in preventing and managing chronic disease.
  • Demand for accessible health care. Populations living in underserved areas have limited access to health care. When you broaden your scope of practice, you can reach more people.

Why choose UND for your Post-Graduate A.G.P.C.N.P. certificate?

The landscape of aging is regularly changing. Adults are not only living longer, but they’re also retiring at a later age.*** This creates a burgeoning need for advanced practice nurses who have specialized knowledge on the adult-gerontology segment.

When you broaden your scope with an online Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate from UND, you can prepare to deliver advanced care to elderly communities. Learn to develop the expertise to create long-term treatment plans, counsel on disease prevention and manage chronic illness. Our program can close the gap between what you know and what you need to know to provide optimum medical services to the aging population.


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What can you learn from UND’s online Post-Graduate A.G.P.C.N.P. certificate?

The aging process is complex. Help your patients simplify it. Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners are skilled in navigating preventive measures and chronic health conditions across the lifespan. From teenagers to the elderly, you can learn to customize treatment plans based on symptoms, lifestyle, age and medical history.

UND’s online Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate is designed for working professionals looking to broaden their scope of practice.

  • Focus on evidence-based primary care specific to the adult-gerontology population, which includes adolescents, young adults and older adults.
  • Learn care diagnosis and management of common episodic acute and chronic problems encountered by the adult-gerontological population.
  • Develop strategies to provide and coordinate interdisciplinary and holistic care of the frail elderly in a variety of settings.

Online A.G.P.C.N.P. Certificate Curriculum

4 semesters | 21 Credits

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Coursework

NURS 541Illness Management - Adult Gerontology I3 Credits
NURS 543Illness Management - Adult Gerontology II3 Credits
NURS 545Care of Frail Older Adults3 Credits
NURS 597AAdvanced Clinical Practicum I4 Credits
NURS 597BAdvanced Clinical Practicum II4 Credits
NURS 597CAdvanced Clinical Practicum III4 Credits

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an advanced practice registered nurse graduate educational program from an accredited program of nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous graduate program (official transcripts must be submitted)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Current U.S. unencumbered RN and APRN licensure (upload Nursys verification report in application)
  • Active national certification in an APRN specialty
  • Satisfaction of the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be required (via web, phone or in person)
  • Successful passage of criminal background check and drug screen will be required upon offer of admission
  • Satisfaction of current health and immunization policy of the Department of Nursing will be required upon offer of admission

UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state regulations and competitiveness of placement. Please contact your state board of nursing PRIOR TO APPLYING to see if there are any restrictions or special requirements that could impact your attendance at an out-of-state online nursing program.

Students must have had the content listed in the following courses in their prior master’s program. Prior transcripts will be reviewed. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Course content must cover the lifespan. These courses do not count against the transfer credit limit.

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (lifespan)* (3 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology* (3 credits)
  • Health Promotion and/or Maintenance (3 credits)
  • Role of the NP* (if the student has not completed this course, it will be added to the required program of study for that student)

*Must be listed as separate course on the transcripts.

Program of study plans are developed based on previous graduate coursework. Course descriptions from the college catalog may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for graduate credit.

Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements are evaluated individually. Admission decisions are made by the graduate program leadership team.

CCNE Accreditation
The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of North Dakota is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline

Final Application Deadline

Spring 202111/1/202012/1/2020