Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates the United States could see a shortage of 37,800 to 124,000 physicians by 2034—including shortfalls in primary and specialty care.  Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners help provide quality health care to adult and elderly patients affected by this trend.

The online Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Northeastern University prepares graduates to provide primary care to adults through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. AGPCNPs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical centers, neighborhood centers, private practices, and school-based clinics. Upon completing the primary care program, graduates are eligible to sit for the following certification exams: the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification (AGPCNP-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The online AGPCNP program prepares advanced-practice nurses to:


Apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings

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Effectively use information technologies in providing care to individuals, families, and communities

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Collaborate and communicate with fellow clinicians and other institutions to ensure coordination of care for individuals, families, and communities

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Provide leadership across diverse cultural and practice settings in providing primary health care to individuals, families, and communities


Graduate with experience by completing the required number of hours of precepted clinical learning

The U.S. population is projected to grow by 10.6% between 2019 to 2034, with a projected 42.4% increase in people ages 65 and older. Demand for physician specialties that predominantly care for older Americans will continue to increase

As an AGPCNP student, you’ll benefit from Northeastern’s emphasis on experience as you progress through your program, plus:

  • Earn your degree from a renowned university with a long and established history of nursing education and success
  • Be able to support local, national, and global communities, including underserved and diverse populations
  • Study at a top-tier research institution focused on innovations such as improved cancer detection, biopharmaceuticals, and more
  • Prepare to work for an organization or start your own private practice
  • Gain a holistic approach to creating patient-centered change and improved outcomes

Accreditation and Rankings

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Baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs at NEU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Northeastern’s School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades of ‘B’ or better, is required in all undergraduate clinical courses
  • Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
  • Curriculum vita
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited USA program (a baccalaureate degree in another field will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.)
  • Current RN license
  • At least 1 year of active full-time nursing experience. Attention will be given to former nursing positions that required a high level of independence. Experience in care of pediatric as well as adult populations is encouraged
  • Letter of intent to study
  • Official transcript from a baccalaureate program if applicable