Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares graduates to function as primary care nurse practitioners for adolescents to older adults. The emphasis of the program is on health promotion, disease prevention and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic common health problems in a variety of primary care settings. Students of the program will be educated as leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to translate research into practice and improve patient outcomes.

The DNP curriculum builds on traditional clinical master’s programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership; areas that are critical to function at an advanced level in complex systems.

You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of:

  • Critical decision-making/differential diagnosis
  • Patient/case management
  • Patient-centered care
  • Leadership
  • Health Care Policy/Advocacy
  • Interprofessional teamwork

Much of the coursework and clinical experiences are taught and facilitated by practicing faculty in the practitioner-teacher model. This means many program advisors and clinical faculty are practicing nurse practitioners with a vast amount of clinical experience that will enrich your learning.

Quick Facts
Program Type:





3-3.5 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

* Course work begins as part-time, then requires full-time commitment during the last year of the program due to clinical practica and residency hours.

Why Adult-Gerontology Primary Care?






Career Options

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners work independently and collaboratively with other adult and gerontological care providers to deliver quality, evidence-based care to maximize patient care outcomes. Career opportunities encompass a variety of interprofessional health care settings:

  • Primary care clinics
  • Ambulatory specialty clinics (e.g., Cardiology, Oncology, Endocrinology)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Home care agencies
  • Hospital-based skilled nursing facilities
  • Post-acute care and long-term care settings
  • University student health centers
  • Retirement centers

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level.

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Attend an information session

Learn more about the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) program at our online information session.