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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Master's Specialties

Adult-Gerontolgoy Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialty

This specialty option has recently undergone a change to meet new national requirements. With this change, the curriculum has increased from 43 credit hours to 48 credit hours and includes additional geriatric content. The change is congruent with national trends established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Council of State Boards in Nursing (NCSBN), and organizations that provide certification exams for specific population groups. The American Nurses Certification and Credentialing (ANCC) organization is proposing a new certification exam in 2013 for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AGNP).

AGNPs provide primary care to older adolescents and adults. With this curriculum revision, all nurse practitioner graduates will be prepared to care for patients as they age.

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.  Please see the overview of the post-graduate certificate.

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Master's 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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure-PDF

Program Plan

Nurse practitioner students are prepared to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to their patients within their specialty. AGNPs are prepared to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients experiencing wellness, acute or chronic illness and to develop, manage and evaluate the care within communities and health care systems. This specialty is designed to meet the educational and clinical competency requirements for professional certification by either American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Nationally certified AGNPs are placed on the Colorado Advanced Practice Registry.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Courses
Advanced Practice Core Courses Required for Specialty Option
Required Courses for Specialty Option
Total Credits for AGNP


The specialty program plan outlines the courses students need to take for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner option.


Upon completion of the nursing program, students will be prepared to incorporate pertinent knowledge, values and abilities for direct and indirect provider roles to:

  • Implement caring and competent nursing practice with individuals, families and communities based on understanding the human experiences of health, illness and healing.
  • Integrate the ethical use of technology and information systems to augment the human capacity for health, facilitate decision-making, support collaboration and foster communication.
  • Promote health of local to global communities through promoting safe environments and safe and effective health care addressing the interaction among individuals, communities and their environmental contexts.
  • Manage care to achieve quality, cost-effective and ethical outcomes in the delivery of health care for individuals, families and populations.
  • Engage in leadership to promote social justice related to access, quality and socio-cultural acceptability of health care through relationship-centered caring, advocacy and empowerment.
  • Negotiate and adapt the delivery and management of health care and health care systems for diverse populations and environments.
  • Practice relationship-centered caring through self-awareness, by developing and maintaining respectful relationships, communicating effectively and integrating the influence of the human experience of health, illness and healing.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Participate in generating and testing knowledge regarding nursing, health care and reflective caring practice.
  • Actively engage in self-directed learning to maintain state of the art nursing practice and to facilitate the education of future practitioners, paraprofessionals and healthy communities


We have a cadre of extremely well-qualified faculty and associates who teach, conduct research and serve as preceptors and mentors for our students. Our faculty are located in Colorado, across the United States and in several European countries. Our faculty are extremely committed to the discipline of nurse practitioners and serve on many national and international boards and are leaders in several professional organizations. Please take a look at the experts in nurse practitioners that are part of our master’s program.


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How do I apply and get information for the CU-UNITE multidisciplinary urban underserved track?

What is CU - UNITE?

The Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education track (CU-UNITE) is a new longitudinal curriculum for students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program and the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program. The CU-UNITE track is specially designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving urban underserved populations.

Note: This track is open only to students who have been accepted into the program.

Why Should I Consider CU - UNITE?

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 CU-UNITE is for you. Students completing the CU-UNITE 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 CU-UNITE page.