Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program

Nurse Specialty appeal

  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners are in demand. With the looming shortage of physicians entering primary care, the demand for primary care providers is naturally on the rise. The exciting trend of the patient centered medical home model requires a team of providers with increased need for nurse practitioners.
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners can practice in multiple settings and thus have multiple opportunities throughout their careers. From settings such as student/college health, to faith based health centers and internal medicine, graduates can apply their skills and their degree in a spectrum of nursing settings. 
  • Being an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is a rewarding and challenging occupation. Through engaging in health promotion and following patients across the health spectrum, AGPCNPs utilize their skills in ways that are meaningful both to their patients and their patients' families.

Education and practice

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner education is based on an understanding of health sciences theory and clinical preparation that shapes knowledge, judgment, and skills deemed necessary to provide primary health care management, health promotion, and disease prevention to adolescents and adults. The focus of the University of Michigan School of Nursing program is on cutting edge, community based care.

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners' practice is the independent management of adolescent and adult health care, focusing particularly on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and primary health care management. Nurse practitioners

  • take health histories and provide complete physical examinations;
  • diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems;
  • interpret laboratory results and diagnostic procedures;
  • prescribe and manage medications and other therapies;
  • provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and
  • refer patients to other health professionals as needed.


See the application requirements for this program.


Listed below are the required courses for the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (NP) program. The adult-gerontology primary care NP students will be placed in clinical settings appropriate to the NP role. The curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. This program is offered fall term (September) start only. There are 2-year and a 3-year programs for the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner curriculum. Fifty-seven total credit hours and 504 clinical hours are required. 

Sample plan of study

Core courses

  • NURS 527: Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
  • NURS 528: Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
  • NURS 529: Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice

Specialty courses

  • NURS 502: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 503: Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • NURS 523: Role Transition to APRN
  • NURS 554: Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Primary Care
  • NURS 566: Advanced Primary Care Nursing I: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care
  • NURS 568: Critical Elements and the Study of Families and Health
  • NURS 646: Primary Care of Older Adults
  • NURS 674: CDM III: Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Adults and Families with Complex Systems

Required cognates

  • PHR 620: Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • PHR 621: Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • HS 505: Team Based Clinical Decision Making

Concentration option 

Occupational health nursing concentration 
This concentration is offered as an extension of the Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner programs, and contains all content and clinical experiences required for certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Occupational Health Nurse, including over 500 hours of supervised practicum experience in primary care and occupational health services.


The University of Michigan School of Nursing adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program meets the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners core competencies as outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). These competencies include:

  • Providing health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment
  • Assessing health status
  • Diagnosing health status
  • Creating a plan of care and implementation of treatment
  • Ensuring a professional, collegial, and collaborative approach to care
  • Serving as a teacher and coach to patients
  • Committing to advancing the profession
  • Assisting patients in managing and negotiating the health care delivery system
  • Monitoring and ensuring high quality health care practice
  • Demonstrating cultural competence

The process of education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing begins with a solid foundation in primary care.  Over the course of study, the curriculum covers the full range of competencies required for the complex needs of adult-gerontology primary care including special emphasis on  the needs of older adults, an ever expanding focus of AGPCNP practice. To put knowledge and theory into practice, clinical experience is integrated throughout the entirety of the program.