Adult Gerontology - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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The Adult Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), formerly known as an “AGNP”, specializes in providing comprehensive health care that extends across a patient’s lifespan, starting from adolescence to old age. With Regis College’s online AGPCNP-focused Master of Science in Nursing program, you can join this in-demand specialization, gain an intimate understanding of the aging process and work closely with patients to increase their quality of life at varying stages of maturity.

What can you do with an advanced nursing degree in adult gerontology – primary care?
Where do adult gerontology – primary care nurse practitioners work?

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:
Summer: 03/19/2023
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 04/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


Why Choose Regis for Your Online MSN in AGPCNP?

100% online, flexible learning environment

Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for AANP & ANCC certification

At 93%, our NP exam pass rates exceed national average*

Transfer credits accepted

*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates

Our Curriculum Can Prepare You for New Leadership Opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

A Virtual Extension of Our Highly Regarded On-campus Program

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. Our MSN AGPCNP* specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the nursing field by providing adults and senior citizens the care and knowledge they need to lead healthy lifestyles.

*Formerly referred to as AGNP

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

Hear From Our Students

Enid Landresh, an Online MSN student.

“Even as an online student, I feel connected and supported by my faculty. I feel like I’m part of a class and I’m enjoying interacting online with my peers across the nation. You cannot go wrong with Regis or with online learning.”

Enid Landreth

Online Master of Science in Nursing Program (AGPCNP)

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Adult Gerontology Primary Care by the Numbers


 The average salary for AGPCNPs in the U.S. (


The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in adult gerontology – primary care, with top clinical focus as primary care (25.5%) and top practice setting as hospital outpatient clinics (14.4%) (AANP)

77 million

The number of Americans projected to be 65 or older by 2034 (U.S. Census Bureau)

What Can You Do with an MSN AGPCNP Degree?

When you hear the words “geriatric” or “gerontology”, you may assume that AGPCNPs only work with elderly patients, but they are in fact able to serve a wide range of patient populations – from adolescents to senior citizens, only excluding infants and children. Each of these patients requires individual, specialized care to keep them well and to ensure that they are making healthy lifestyle choices. With an adult gerontology – primary care NP degree, you can help a large patient population receive the specialized health services they need. Your responsibilities may include:

  • Diagnosing and treating illness
  • Counseling patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Coordinating care provided by specialty health care providers
  • Providing preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, and immunization and screening tests
  • Prescribing, ordering and interpreting diagnostic testing
  • Collaborating with other health care providers
  • Helping adult patients maintain and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Advocating for underserved individuals and groups

While adult gerontology is a focused area of the NP role, there are opportunities to specialize even further with additional education and training. Some areas of specialization include:

  • Pulmonary care
  • Cardiovascular
  • Occupational
  • Environmental health
  • Integrated complementary health care

Where Do Adult Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Work?

Like all nurse practitioners, AGPCNPs are in high demand due to changes in health care law, a growing population, and higher standards in primary care. Adult geriatric nurse practitioners are especially needed due to their specialized skill set. This means AGPCNPs have many opportunities and are able to apply their skills in a variety of work settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Community clinics
  • Private medical practices
  • Home care agencies
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Specialty clinics
  • Veterans hospitals
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospice/palliative care centers

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • For RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on your prior undergraduate coursework

Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes

Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.


When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.