It's no secret that the largest demographic in America is aging. The Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964, are increasingly straining the U.S. healthcare system as they age and require more care; and, the nursing profession is developing ways to help ease the strain while providing quality healthcare. One step in that development is increasing the number of Nurse Practitioners who specialize in adult and gerontology practices.
With more colleges and universities adding online Nurse Practitioner degrees to their academic offerings, it can be overwhelming to find a program which suits your needs. Schools which may offer a Family Nurse Practitioner degree may not offer specialized concentrations such as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. You can spend a good deal of time going through the numerous university or college websites only to find the specialty you want isn't offered. Best Medical Degrees has done an initial search for you. We've reviewed numerous AGPCNP programs and have compiled a ranking ranging from graduate tuition costs, accreditation, national rankings, program lengths and other information which should help you in your search.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
This ranking denotes situations where the school is not able to admit students from all states. This is due to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which establishes comparable national standards for distance education or, online, programs. Details on this information is typically available on schools' websites; but, if not, be certain to verify your eligibility with a program advisor or your state's licensing board.
Best Medical Degrees checked various information in creating this ranking: 1) identifying online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) resulting in an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree, 2) review of U.S. News and World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes Magazine, Military Times and The Princeton Review for rankings of universities and colleges, 3) only programs holding accreditation the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and 4) estimate tuition cost ranges for schools is based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics data as well as school websites to establish tuition cost ranges. Tuition estimates do not include any additional fees accessed by the school or university and 5) length of academic program and clinical experiences.
This is sometimes difficult to nail down. Universities and colleges may add additional fees for online students and some may not. Some institutions charge out of state tuition for online students and other may not. This ranking uses information from the National Center for Educational Statistics to ascertain an estimate for an academic year, without adding additional fees or charges.
Academic Year Tuition Estimate: $8,00-$10,000
1. Briar Cliff University
This MSN Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program is offered online and may be completed in 49 credit hours and 540 clinical hours. Practicum hours are conducted in the student's home community. Didactic studies include courses in: Theoretical Foundations For Advanced Nursing Practice, Foundations Of Advanced Nursing Practice, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Throughout the Lifespan, Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Health Assessment, Cultural Competence in Health Care, Advanced Pharmacology, Primary Care of the Adult, Evidence Based Practice, Gerontology Practicum, as well as, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum. The nursing program at Briar Cliff University holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Admission requires a BSN from an accredited nursing program, an unencumbered nursing license and a minimum of 2,000 working hours of nursing practice.
Founded in 1929 by the Franciscans, Briar Cliff University is located in Sioux City, Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). A small university with an estimated 1,187 enrollment, Briar Cliff University's online graduate nursing program is ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs ranking. Washington Monthly names the university as one of its "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Midwest and The Princeton Review rates it one of its Best Midwestern lists in its 2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
2. University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama provides an online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner that is is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A hybrid program, this AGPCNP degree is available for those with a BSN from BSN from an accredited degree program, an unecumbered nursing license and two years nursing experience as well as other criteria. The school, additionally, offers a RN to MSN for diploma RN's, those with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or those with a BS/BA degree in a non-nursing discipline. Coursework for the BSN to MSN involves studies in: Physiopathological Basis of Advanced Nursing, Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurse, Healthcare Policy and Finance, Advanced Nursing Assessment, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care, ,Introduction to Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care NP Practicum, Assessment of Vulnerable Population, etc. The program does require a mandatory orientation as well as Simulation Intensives. The degree requires 45 credit hours of coursework and 600 practicum hours. Check with your admission advisor on whether the practicum may be completed in your home community.
University of South Alabama was established in 1963 in Mobile, Alabama and U.S. News and World Report has ranked the school in its National Universities ranking. The university has also been ranked in Forbes Magazine's America's Top Colleges. Enrollment is published as 15,000 students.
3. University of Southern Indiana
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits this hybrid, online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program. The program involves a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty and with 665 clinical hours. Applicants must have a nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited school, an unencumbered US RN license and a recommended (although not required) one year full-time or two thousand hours of clinical practice. The curriculum includes core studies in: Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice, Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing, Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice, Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice, Population Based Care and Health Policy and Nursing Leadership in Health Systems. Specialty core studies then follow in: Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice. These studies are followed by a series of Primary Care of Adults and Elders studies. Students will be expected to attend a two-day, on-campus orientation as well as an additional two-day on-campus attendance while taking Health Assessment and Primary Care of Adults and Elders studies. Due to state regulations, not all prospective students are eligible for admission. You may check your state's participation on the school provided Out-of-State Students Pursuing Distance Learning Degrees link.
Southern Indiana University's online nursing program has been ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and Washington Monthly has named it one of its "Best Bang for the Buck: Midwest". Located in Evansville, Indiana, SIU was established in 1965 and has an enrollment of over 11,000 students studying in one of the university's four academic colleges.
Academic Year Tuition Estimate: $10,000-$15,000
4. Concordia University
This online Family and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is offered by Concordia University. Applicants to this program must have a BSN from an accredited nursing program, current nursing licensure, current CPR certification and be a currently working nurse. A background check and other criteria will also apply. The degree consists of 41 credit hours in coursework such as: Family and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Policy & Issues, Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Nurses, Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan, Evidence Based Nursing Practice, Fundamentals of Health Care Informatics, Pharmacotherapeutics, Advanced Health Assessment. etc. Advanced Primary Care Clinical experiences (720 hours) are also required but may be completed in the student's home community. The degree may be completed within 3-4 years and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program does mandate a one-day, on campus orientation at the beginning of the student's coursework; and, an on-campus requirement for students during Advanced Health Assessment coursework. Please Note: The school is not accepting new students from Alabama, Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee or Wyoming. Additionally, Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia.
A Christian university, with Lutheran affiliations, Concordia University's nursing program has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as #111 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program; and, the university is rated in the top 100 in Regional Universities Midwest and Best Value Schools by the publication. Founded in 1881 with an initial enrollment of 13 students, Concordia University now boasts an enrollment of over 7,000 students nationally and internationally. Concordia University is located in Mequon, Wisconsin.
5. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs through its Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is 100% online and requires no campus visits. Holding accreditation from the CCNE, this AGPCNP degree may be completed in 47 credit hours which includes 630 contact hours. Students will take core courses in: Philosophical Foundations in Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Practice and Health Care Policy, Nursing Research, Clinical, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, Research Analysis and Application or a Nursing Thesis. Specialty coursework involves studies in: Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions, Primary Care of Chronic Health Condition, Primary Care of Geriatric Patients and Families and a Synthesis Practicum. Applicants are required to submit a background check, as well as hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program, a current unencumbered nursing license from the student's state, etc. The university is limited in the states from which they may accept students, so verify that your state qualifies before applying.
Ranked as one of U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and this university has also been named as one of Forbes Magazine's America's Top Colleges. UCCS has also been named a Military Friendly institution and Best Colleges for Vets. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs is one of four universities in the University of Colorado System and was established in 1965 and has a current enrollment of 12,000 students.
6. Regis University
Regis University provides a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice with a specialty concentration in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. With accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), this Doctor of Nursing Practice offers 100% online coursework in: Nursing Theory, Concepts in Nursing Leadership, Health Promotion – Disease Prevention, Health Policy, Politics and Perspectives, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Clinical Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, Epidemiology / Biostatistics, Informatics in Healthcare, Scholarly DNP Project, Clinical Seminar and others. Specialty studies involve Clinical Concentration and Political, Financial and Social Issues in Gerontology. Clinical experience is not defined on the website, but be certain to check with an admissions advisor to determine if clinical experiences may be done in your home community, as with the majority of online nursing programs. The program may be completed in as few as two-years. Among other criteria, admission to this program requires a BSN from an accredited undergraduate nursing program and an active and clear nursing license. There is no GRE requirement.
Regis University has been recognized a "Best Regional College" by The Princeton Review and Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. Located in Weston, Massachusetts, Regis University was founded in 1927 as a Catholic college and has an enrollment of over 2,000 students. The school's Doctor of Nursing Practice was the first degree of its kind in the Boston area.
7. Clarkson College
This is a RN to MSN degree program for nurses with a diploma (RN) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) with a specialty concentration in Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. A hybrid program, it requires 4 on-campus visits during the Nurse Practitioner studies. Following completion of 131 credit hours of undergraduate study (BSN), students entering the graduate program will need to take 16 credit hours of transitional coursework into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Specialty coursework requires 41 credit hours for the Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track which includes: Advanced Physical Assessment, Primary Care of the Adult Gerontology Client, Primary Health Care, Advanced Nutrition, Pharmacology for Practitioners, Pharmacology for Practitioners, Advanced Pathophysiology, Primary Care of Women and Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners. The school states, "At this time, we are unable to enroll graduate nursing students from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin." This graduate nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
U.S. News and World Report has ranked Clarkson College as one of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in its rankings. Clarkson College began in 1888 as a nursing school in Omaha, Nebraska and currently offers 10 certificate and degree programs to its over 1,200 enrolled students.
8. Northern Kentucky University
This is an online Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program which may be completed in as few as 20 months, according to university. Coursework includes 43 credit hours of study in core courses in: Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice and Research, Theory and Research, Analysis and Application of Health Data for Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP), Human Pathophysiology, Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Intervention for APRN's and Role Development in Advanced Practice Nursing. Specialty studies involve: Primary Care of Adolescents and Adults, Geriatric Primary Care and Pharmacology, Primary Care of Adult-Gerontology Clinicals and a capstone project. This program holds Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation and prepares graduates to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care certification exam. Because of state regulations, t's recommended that you verify with admissions or your state licensing board that this program is acceptable for your state. While it's assumed, you will want to check whether supervised clinicals may be conducted in your home community and the steps necessary to set up an accepted clinical experience.
U.S. News and World Report has rated Northern Kentucky University's online graduate nursing program at #28 in its Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, Washington Monthly names NKU one of its "Best Bang for the Buck-South" and Forbes Magazine named it one of America's Top Colleges. Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, NKU was established in 1968 and currently has a total enrollment over 14,000 students.
Academic Year Tuition Estimate: $15,000-25,000
9. Seton Hall University
The College of Nursing at Seton Hall University, has an online, hybrid Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree requiring 48 credit hours and may be completed in 3-4 years. The Primary Care Track includes core studies in: Theoretical Basis of Nursing, Nursing Research and Forces in Health Care. Included specialty coursework: Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making, Graduate Nursing Practicum: Older Years, Advanced Professional Role Enactment and Health Concepts of Aging. Students are required to complete 600 clinical hours. While an online program, there are three immersion sessions during the program which does required on-campus attendance. The first, orientation immersion may be conducted on-campus or virtually, the second immersion is a practicum required in the second year of the program and the final immersion is the final practicum. Admission requirements for the program include, among other criteria, a BSN from an accredited nursing program, professional licensure and liability insurance. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the program has an impressive 98% AANPCP Exam Pass Rate for its graduates.
Founded in 1856 in South Orange, New Jersey, Seton Hall University's College of Nursing (established 1937) has been named in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The university has also been named by U.S. News and World Report as #124 in National Universities. Washington Monthly recognized Seton Hall University as one of its "Best Bang for the Buck", one of America's Top Colleges by Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine rates the university as one of its Best Colleges for Your Money. The university has an enrollment of over 10,000 students in 10 colleges.
10. Boise State University
With a 100% Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner boards pass rate for its Nurse Practitioners, Boise State University offers an online MSN AGNP Primary Care degree. The Commission on Nursing Collegiate Education (CCNE) accredits this program which is hybrid in nature. Students will be required to attend three on-campus summer intensives (7-10 days) and participate in four clinical rotations, totally 700 hours. Clinical experiences are conducted in the student's home community. The degree requires 50 credit hours, which may be completed in three years, as well as four clinical rotations. Following core courses in Foundation of Knowledge and Theory for Advanced Nursing, Advanced Research and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing and Concepts of Population Health Nursing, students will take Nurse Practitioner courses. These courses include studies in: Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics, Health Assessment for the Advanced Practice Nurse, Professional Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse, Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice and Diagnosis and Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness. Admission preference is given to nurses with one year nursing experience in direct patient care, applicants must (in addition to other requirements) hold a BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program and have an unrestricted, valid nursing license. The program is able to admit students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming due to state regulations of online programs.
Boise State University, located in Boise, Idaho, has been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of its "Best Bang For Your Buck-West", one of Forbes Magazine's America's Top Colleges and U.S. News and World Report rates the Nursing School's programs as one of the top 50 in its Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. Boise State University was established in 1932 as a public educational institution and has a current enrollment of over 24,000 students.
11. Wilkes University
The Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University, provides an online, hybrid Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree program which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program requires a short on-campus residency during the Advanced Assessment course study; but, practicum work can be done in the student's home community. Core coursework includes: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science, Advanced Nursing Research, Advanced Role Development in Nursing, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology. Specialty coursework involves studies in: Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioners, Adult Heath Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural and Underserved Populations, etc. The program requires 40 credit hours along with clinical experiences. Admissions requires a current nursing license, a BSN from an accredited nursing program, as well as one year minimum nursing practice. Wilkes University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and prospective students should verify with their individual state licensing board to determine if your state recognizes this particular degree.
Wilkes University is located Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1933 and has 7 colleges offering degree programs to it's over 5,000 students. The university has been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of its Best Bang for the Bucks universities. U.S. News and World Report rates the university as one of the nation's best universities and Princeton Review included Wilkes University on its Best Northeastern Colleges list. The university has also been recognized by The Economist as 25th in the nation for its economic value and G.I Jobs has designated Wilkes University as Military Friendly School.
12. University of Texas-Arlington
Although restricted, due to state regulations, to students from California and Texas, this CCNE Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 41 credit hours which may be completed in 29-33 months. Coursework involves: Advanced Pathophysiology, Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing, Principles of Research in Nursing, Advanced Pharmacology, Evidence-Based Practice, Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, Adult Gerontology Management Across the Continuum and Adult Gerontology Primary Care. Clinical experiences are conducted in selected health sites. Applicants must submit proof of an unencumbered nursing license, two-years clinical nursing practice, a BSN from an accredited nursing program and other forms. This program allows up to 10 semester hours of transfer coursework. Successful students are qualified to take the National Certification Exam as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the School of Nursing boasts a 95% first-time certification pass rate for its MSN-AGPCNP graduates.
The University of Texas-Arlington was founded in 1895 as a public institution. Currently, the university has an enrollment of over 45,000 students. The online nursing program has ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Schools-Masters, a Best For Vets Colleges by Military Times, "Best of the West" in its 2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region rankings by The Princeton Review and 2018 Best Value Colleges by Forbes Magazine.
Academic Year Tuition Estimate: $25,000-$51,000
13. George Washington University
This hybrid Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree is offered by George Washington University Online. Applicants are required to hold a BSN from a regionally accredited university or college, an active, unencumbered nursing license, in addition to other documents. Because of state authorization agreements, George Washington University is unable to accept applicants from Alabama, Louisiana, North Dakota and is limited in the clinical placements in New York. Coursework for this 48 credit hours program includes studies in: Concepts in Population Health Nursing Leadership,Health Policy, Quality and Political Processes, Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers, Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers, Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology and Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. (This last course requires on-campus attendance). The AGPCNP requirements include: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Introduction, Adolescent and Adult and Adult Older/Frail, Genetics for Health Care Providers, and Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing. The degree also requires 625 clinical hours. The university encourages you to find your own preceptor for the clinical experience who will need to be approved by the program. Accredited by the CCNE, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ANCC and AANP certification exams.
Primarily located in Washington, D.C., George Washington University traces its roots to 1821, with the Nursing School being established in 1918. U.S. News and World Report rates this online program at #5 in its Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, in the top 50 of Best Colleges for Veterans and in the top 100 of Best College Values. Washington Monthly rates GW as one of its "Best Bang for the Buck-Southeast" and Forbes Magazine rates it as one of America's Top Colleges.
14. Duke University
The School of Nursing at Duke University provides a distance-based MSN Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree which requires 42 credit hours and 560 clinical hours for completion. Didactic coursework involves studies in: Nurse as Scholar I: Science Development, Study Design & Statistics, Evidence-based Practice,Population Health in a Global Society, Professional Transitions: Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Pathology/Physiology, Physical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning in APN, Clinical Pharmacology; with specialty courses in: Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care Adolescents and Adult Patients, Primary Care Adolescents, Adults and Older Adult Patients Clinical, Nursing Care in Older Adult Patients, Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Patients Synthesis. The program also offers a specialized concentration in Veterans Health Care. At least 50% of clinical hours will be spent at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As of 2017, the online program is not available to students from Alabama, Louisiana, North Dakota, Wyoming; and, participation is pending for those from New York.
The Duke University School of Nursing was established in 1931 and has been offering BSN degrees since 1944. Today, the school has been ranked #2, nationally, in U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Schools: Master Programs and #3 for it's Adult-Gerontolgy Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The Nursing School is also named #6 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program for Veterans. Duke University is in the Top 10 of Forbes Magazine's America's Top Colleges and has been ranked #33 in Money's Best Colleges For Your Money 2018. Located in Durham, North Carolina.
15. Drexel University
Drexel University offers a hybrid degree in MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner which requires 3 on-campus, clinical course intensives lasting 2-3 days during the second and third years in the Fall and Summer. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the program includes core coursework in: Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments, Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Research Methods and Biostatistics and Evaluation and Translation of Health Research. Specialty support courses are: Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning, Advanced Pharmacology for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners; and, clinical courses for a total of 52 credit hours. The program is unable to accept students from all states and it's recommended you verify your state is part of the State Authorization agreements before making application. Admission requires a BSN from an accredited institution, an unrestricted and current nursing license, one-year nursing experience is preferred (but not required), in addition to other criteria.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the nursing program at Drexel University has been ranked by Washington Monthly as one of its "Best Bang for the Buck" universities in the Northeast. U.S. News and World Report rates the university in its Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, top 100 National Universities and Best Value Schools. Forbes Magazine ranked Drexel University as one of America's Top Colleges A private university, Drexel was founded in 1891 and has an enrollment of over 13,000 students.