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Graduate Degree Programs

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Madeline F. Mattern, DNP, FNP-C, CNE
Director, Nurse Practitioner Options
Penn State College of Nursing
309B Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-865-8469
Fax: 814-865-3779

The purpose of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate is to prepare individuals with a Master’s degree or higher in nursing seeking additional certification as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The curriculum includes the didactic and clinical courses required for application of the NP role and required for certification. Students are required to take NURS 870 (3), NURS 871 (3), NURS 872A (4), NURS 873A (4), and NURS 874A (6), for a total of 20 credits. Additional courses that may be required are the Advanced Practice Core: NURS 802 (3), NURS 803 (3), and NURS 804 (3) and the Master’s Core: NURS 501 (3), NURS 510 (3), and NURS 512 (3).

 Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants are required to have a Master’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution. In addition, undergraduate chemistry and statistics are required. Students need to submit two recommendations, a goal statement, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

List of Courses

NURS 870 (3)
NURS 871 (3)
NURS 872A (4)
NURS 873A (4)
NURS 874A (6)

Additional Coursework*

Advanced Practice Core
NURS 802 (3)
NURS 803 (3)
NURS 804 (3)

Master’s Core
NURS 501 (3)
NURS 510 (3)
NURS 512 (3)

*Any or all of these courses may be waived based on the certificate program chair’s evaluation of transcripts and prior courses completed.

Effective Semester: Summer 2016
Expiration Semester: Summer 2020


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