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Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner (MS)

Primary Care Focus

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers a 42-credit program to prepare Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioners, leading to a Master of Science degree. This program prepares graduates to provide primary care for adults and older adults in the community and in a variety of health care settings.

Students learn to apply expert knowledge and research findings through 42 credits of coursework and 735 hours of supervised clinical experience. Graduates of the program are eligible for New York State NP certification and meet the educational requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

The master's program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The Role of the AGNP

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners engage in primary care as providers of direct health care services. This includes practice in health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention. AGNPs employ evidence-based clinical practice to screen and identify health promotion needs, provide guidance and counseling to meet patient needs, diagnose typical and atypical health problems and illnesses, develop and implement treatment plans, and direct and oversee other aspects of clinical service delivery within an integrated system of health care.

The focus of the adult-gerontology primary care NP is to provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population. Patient populations include young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults). Graduates of AGNP programs are prepared to provide comprehensive primary care in ambulatory, community-based settings.

Source: AACN (2010, March). Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies.


Course of Study

The program consists of core courses taken with other graduate students in nursing, advanced practice core courses, specialization courses, and an elective course. Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog.

Nursing Core Courses (12 credits)

NURS 700    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

NURS 702    Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr.)

NURS 704    Healthcare Systems & Policy (3 cr.)

NURS 749    Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 credits)

NURS 717    Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice (3 cr.)

NURS 750    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr.)

NURS 751    Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

Specialization Courses (21 credits)

NURS 755    Primary Care Nursing I (5 cr.)

NURS 757    Primary Care Nursing II (5 cr.)

NURS 768    Primary Care Nursing III (5 cr.)

NURS 769    Gerontological NP Practicum (3 cr.)

Elective      (3 cr.)

Program Plans


Clinical Experience

Students in the program must complete 735 hours of supervised clinical experience via a sequence of preceptorships. Prior to beginning any clinical preceptorship, graduate nursing students are required to submit documentation for health clearance, including any site-specific requirements such as criminal background checks and/or drug screening.

Preceptorship hours are determined by clinical partnership site availability. Preceptorship schedules may include day and/or evening hours on any of the 7 days of the week. While the school tries to schedule placements in line with student needs, there is no guarantee that personal scheduling preferences can be accommodated. It is essential that students understand the full scope and commitment involved in meeting clinical requirements and be able to adjust their schedules accordingly.


Gerontological/Adult NP Fact Sheet (PDF)


How to Apply

Review our admission requirements for all nursing master's specializations. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The GNP/ANP program receives many more applicants than we can accept. For Fall 2013, for example, we offered admission to 26.5% of applicants. The mean overall cumulative undergraduate GPA for admitted applicants was 3.58.


For more information, contact the Gerontological/Adult NP specialization coordinator, Dr. Mary Hickey (, 212-396-7153).