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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontolgoy Nurse Practitioner

Being an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner encompasses collaboratively working with adults of all ages including older and disabled adults to maximize their health and promote healthy behaviors. Our program is structured to not only transform you into an advanced practice nurse prepared to deliver high quality care, lead, and enact change but also help to transform lives regionally, nationally, and globally. 

Our program instills a foundation of knowledge that will prepare you to work in a variety of diverse settings that align with your career interests. From primary care to national health agencies, to home care delivered at the door step of the patient to addressing the rural health needs of Colorado and beyond; you decide the career path that you want to follow, we’ll provide you with experiences and education to accelerate your journey.

  • The AGPCNP program is structured to provide the student with a supportive team of experienced faculty who are vested in the success of the student.
  • Opportunities to engage in experiential experiences based on the students care interest and career path.
  • Innovative and progressive programming to prepare you for current and future advanced practice healthcare requisites. 
  • An interprofessional collaborative environment of learning to support and strengthen role transitioning.

Plans of Study

*Additional Certificate Information Post-Graduate Certificate Information

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.​

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​​​​​​​​

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner​ Gainful Employment Disclosure​​


When do you accept applications?

We admit students for the MS and BS-DNP programs every year for Fall and Spring Semester admission. Student admissions for Post-Graduate Certificate program follow this same admission process. Please see Application Deadlines.​

How long will it take to complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program?

​Please see the AGPCNP Plans of Study. The AGPCNP MS Program is completed in a little more than 2 years (7 semesters) as a full-time student. The AGPCNP BS-DNP program is completed in a little more than 4 years (10 semesters). The AGPCNP PGC program is completed in 1.5 years (4 semesters).

Are the NP programs offered completely online or in class?

​The core AGPCNP courses are offered in an online format with some classes having in-class intensives. The NP program prerequisite courses are both online and hybrid with some classes requiring in-class intensives.

Will I be required to travel to Colorado?

Most students can complete the program at a distance online but will need to be able to attend on-campus intensives. It is advised students contact student affairs to discuss their specific state requirements prior to applying to the program.​

Do the NP programs have a clinical requirement?

​Yes. The AGPCNP program requires 12 credits of clinical experience, which equals to 540 clinical hours for the MS.

Do I have to find my own clinical placement?

The University Of Colorado College Of Nursing is responsible for ensuring adequate and sufficient clinical experiences for students in all programs, including students enrolled in distance programs. Clinical placements are arranged by the University of Colorado College of Nursing for students who live in the Denver Metropolitan Seven-County area (Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Broomfield, and Boulder counties.) For those who live outside of the Denver Metropolitan area, the students are asked to take the primary role in identifying their preceptors. The Specialty Director will assess the preceptor qualifications and student learning needs and will make the final determination regarding student- preceptor match. This process can take several months to achieve an affiliation agreement, so we highly recommend providing information about an institution to your Specialty Director shortly after program admission. However, if a rural or out-of-state student is unable to find a clinical preceptor(s)/site, the CON will provide a clinical site, which may NOT be in the geographic location of the student but will provide the student an adequate experience to meet the program outcomes. Additionally, if there is a concern of a clinical practice, a student may be asked to complete the clinical time in the Denver Metropolitan area for more direct observation and assessment by the CU CON faculty/Specialty Director.​

Will this prepare me to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP certification?

​Yes, successful program completion will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and make students eligible to sit for national AGPCNP certification with ANCC or AANP, depending on which examination you choose.

Can I take a course before I apply?

​Yes, you may take up to 12 semester credits as a non-degree student prior to being accepted to the program. You must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course. Non-degree students register on a space available basis during open enrollment just prior to the beginning of the semester. Please see the Office of Professional Development for more information.

How do I apply and get information for the urban underserved track?

Visit the Urban Unserserved Track page.


What is Urban Underserved Track?

The Urban Underserved Track (previously CU-UNITE) is a longitudinal track started in 2010 by Dr. Allegra Melillo. The Urban Underserved Track (UUT) is designed for students passionate about: working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving individuals with limited access to health care and for those interested in working to eliminate inequities in health. The track accepts medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students from the School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program and the Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) program.

Why should I consider it?

If you are passionate about working with ethnically and racially diverse populations, serving the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas, then UUT is for you. Students completing the UUT curriculum will have a thorough understanding of healthcare disparities and inequities, the multifaceted role of the health care provider in urban communities, and knowledge about health issues of specific populations of patients in urban areas.

For more information, visit the Urban Underserved Track page.​​​​​