Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Inspired to serve the community, the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Specialty consists of a program based in nursing theory, research, and primary care for individuals from adolescence through older adult. Students complete a total of 600 clock hours of clinical practice with certified nurse practitioners or physician preceptors. Graduates are eligible to take the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for certification through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Graduates may also complete the Wisconsin exam for prescriptive authority.
The Nursing Programs offered by the Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions are approved by the
State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Board of Nursing
and are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 887-6791

Graduate Major Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the School of Nursing and Health Professions serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals are to:

  • Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various settings with diverse populations.

Graduate Program Graduate Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Critically and accurately assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate the health and illness experiences of clients (individuals, families, and communities) to improve health care delivery and outcomes of patient care at the health care provider level;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with professional and non-professional individuals;
  • Analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge required throughout the course of study.

MSN Core Courses

25-28 credits as follows:

25 credits:

NUR 500 Health Care Systems, 2 cr.
NUR 511 Theories in Nursing, 4 cr.
NUR 520 Advanced Nursing Research, 3 cr.
NUR 522 Evidence Based Practice, 2 cr.
NUR 524 Nursing Informatics, 2 cr.
NUR 531 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Among Diverse Populations, 3 cr.
NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 cr.
NUR 545 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment, 3 cr.
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:

NUR 695 Graduate Project, 1-3 cr. (optional)
NUR 699 Graduate Thesis, 1-3 cr. (optional)

Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty

17 credits:

NUR 627 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Theory I, 3 cr.
NUR 628 Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Role Development, 2 cr.
NUR 637 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Theory II, 3 cr.
NUR 638 Practicum II: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Role Development, 3 cr.
NUR 647 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Theory III, 2 cr.
NUR 648 Practicum III: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Role Development, 3 cr.
NUR 640 Practice Management for Nurse Practitioners, 1 cr.


Fun Fact

Average cost of tuition at Marian is $24,300, whereas the national average is $33,716 (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, June 2014; National Center for Education Statistics,

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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