Health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention among adults

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

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.

 Sample Plan of Study

Course Number
Course Name
Course Credits
Term Offered

Core Courses

N528Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
N527Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
N529Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice

Specialty Courses

Course Credits
Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
N523Role Transition to APRN3
Advanced Primary Care Nursing I: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care
N568Critical Elements and the Study of Families and Health3
N646Primary Care of Older Adults3
Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Chronic Illness in Adults and Their Families
Behavioral and Lifestyle Management in Primary Care
Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Families in Complex Systems
N674CDM III: Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Adults and Families with Complex Systems 8
N554Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills for Primary Care2

Required Cognates

Pharmacotherapeutics I
Pharmacotherapeutics II
HS505Team Based Clinical Decision Making2
Total Credits = 57
Minimum Required Clinical Hours = 504



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 core competencies for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners as outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 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.