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The UIC CON Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program is preparation for board certification to provide primary health care to adults across the life continuum. The AGPCNP is prepared through coursework and clinical practice to provide advanced practice patient-centered care that includes health promotion and disease management to the adult population from adolescence through geriatrics. The AGPCNP program emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice.
The BSN-DNP program with AGPCNP concentration consists of 77 credit hours of coursework in a hybrid environment that includes online, blended, and on-campus courses. It requires 1000 hours of clinical practicum, with 675 hours in the AGPCNP clinical specialty. Clinical practicums are arranged in a variety of practice settings including primary care clinics, skilled and assisted living facilities, specialty ambulatory clinics, hospitals, home health agencies and other outpatient settings.
The AGPCNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced nursing care in complex patient situations. The AGACNP manages acute, critical, and chronic illness across the adult lifespan and across a continuum of care settings. The AGACNP program emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice to provide quality, patient-centered care that meets the specialized needs of complex and high acuity patients. Graduates of this program are prepared for direct care roles as an AGACNP and to be leaders within the healthcare system.
The BSN-DNP program with AGACNP concentration consists of 77 credit hours of coursework in a hybrid environment that includes online, blended, and on-campus courses. It requires 1000 hours of clinical practicum, with 675 hours in the AGACNP clinical specialty. Clinical practicums are arranged in a variety of hospital (including ICU and ER) and specialized outpatient settings, and include both medicine and surgery specialty areas.
The AGACNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.
Clinical Courses (both AGPCNP and AGACNP programs):
Both the AGPCNP and AGACNP programs' clinical practicum hours are divided into three semester long courses (NUPR 539, 540, 541). Students typically begin their first rotation during the summer semester, continue with their second rotation during the fall semester, and finish with their third rotation during the spring semester. Each rotation is comprised of 225 clinical hours.
During clinical rotations, students are placed with typically 1-2 preceptors whom they will divide their hours between. Faculty at UIC arrange all clinical rotations for students, typically working ahead 1 semester in planning. After the faculty arranges a match between student and preceptor, the student emails the preceptor directly to introduce them-self, communicate goals, and work out a schedule. Faculty help facilitate students completing the required paperwork for each clinical site.
During the course of the semester, the student will be followed by a UIC faculty member who will serve as a resource to the preceptor, should any questions arise. The faculty will check in with the preceptor periodically via email and/or phone. That faculty will also do a short site visit during the semester. The only paperwork that is required of the preceptor is a short mid-semester and end-semester student evaluation, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete. At the end of the semester, preceptors are awarded certificates documenting hours spent precepting, which can be used towards ANCC board certification renewal.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program:
- Rowena Abasolo, Clinical Instructor
- Leah Burt, Teaching Associate and Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ( AGPCNP) Program
- Lauren Diegel-Vacek, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Advance Practice Program
- Alicia Maloney, Teaching Associate
- Sue Wilson, Clinical Instructor
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program:
- Melissa Carlucci, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program
- Sarah Fitz, Clinical Instructor
- Amy Morgan, Teaching Associate
- The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities (NONPF) Preceptor Portal
Basic instruction on working with AGPCNP and AGACNP students, overly confident students and overly sensitive students. Also includes a set of frequently asked questions for preceptors.
- The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities (NONPF) NP Competencies
Core competencies for NPs, DNP prepared NPs, as well as population focused competencies for both AGPCNPs and AGACNPs
- Preceptor Orientation FAQs (pdf)
A resource provided by The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), these frequently asked questions (FAQs) address common preceptor inquiries.
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Toolkit
The AANP Preceptor Toolkit provides a basic yet comprehensive overview for preceptors of NP students. It includes tips on how to maintain efficiency in your practice while working with a student, precepting techniques, student skill building, dealing with difficult students and student evaluation.
- Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Preceptor Toolkit
Intended for use by clinicians or APRNs who are precepting nurse practitioner (NP) students in clinical sites with older adult populations. The toolkit has three (3) sections; Preceptor resources and guidelines, Healthcare guidelines and Healthcare resources that promote quality care for older adult populations. Developed by: Members of GAPNA’s Education Committee.
Are you enthusiastic about the nursing profession, currently working as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, and have a desire to teach? Consider precepting while working at your practice setting. CE hours may be earned through preceptorship of an APN student. Precepting one student for an academic semester may be used for 10 CE hours.
Melissa Carlucci, MS, ACNP-BC
Clinical Instructor and Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program