Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Program of Study
- Required courses for program.
AG-PCNPs assess and manage patients in primary and specialty care settings, focusing on diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic primary health care problems, as well as providing health promotion and maintenance. The patient population of the AG-PCNP practice includes young adults (including late adolescents), adults, and older adults. The AG-PCNP can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. The AG-PCNP applies evidence in practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. AG-PCNPs work in a variety of settings, such as community health clinics, specialty clinics, and hospitals.
The UIC CON Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) program is preparation for board certification to provide primary health care to adults across the life continuum. The AG-PCNP 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 AG-PCNP 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 AG-PCNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in one of the specialties, graduates may be eligible to seek certification from a variety of national programs (e.g., the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]).