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Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Program Overview

The University of Providence’s Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate is an academic certificate program designed to prepare nursing professionals for a rewarding career as a primary care nurse practitioner. The certificate program employs online, asynchronous learning to teach students the proper practices, procedures, and policies for administering primary care services to the adult population,

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate is designed for currently licensed registered nurses with an unincumbered registered nurse (RN) license. Students must also hold a completed Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited university to be considered for enrollment, while also having completed specific pre-enrollment credits. Students enrolled in the AGNP certificate program must complete all required coursework before graduation. Graduates of our program will be qualified to sit for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Our AGNP certificate is offered alongside the university’s existing catalog of Master’s and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. The program is taught by passionate, experienced faculty who are invested in helping students reach their professional and educational goals. The Nurse Educator curriculum emphasizes a quality education centered around serving all patients. This is reflected throughout the coursework and practicum rotations.

Application Information

Applications for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate program are accepted for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters. Students can enroll in the program for a January start time (spring) or an August start time (fall). All applicants must hold a Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be accepted into the program must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree
    • Degree must be issued through an accredited nursing university.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for an MSN degree
Application Deadlines

Applications for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate program are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Applications must be submitted through NursingCAS on the Graduate Admissions Page:

  • NursingCAS Fall 2024 Admissions Deadline: August 16, 2024
  • NursingCAS Spring 2025 Admissions Deadline: December 20, 2024

Program Vision

At the University of Providence Great Falls Nursing Program, our vision is to set the standard for nursing excellence through transformative education, innovation, and compassionate care. We aspire to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding necessary to lead in the dynamic field of healthcare. Our commitment extends beyond academic excellence to nurturing a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes, advocating for vulnerable populations, and contributing to the global health landscape with integrity and respect. We envision our graduates as pioneers of change, equipped to address the complexities of modern healthcare with confidence, empathy, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of all individuals.

Program Mission

The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory-guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.”

A graduate of the program will be a leader in healthcare. Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians, and leaders of change. A graduate is a lifelong learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing nursing evidence-based practice that is population-centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care.

Conceptual Framework

The program’s mission is supported by a conceptual framework consisting of the following constructs:

Relationship-Based Care

The University of Providence’s Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.


Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.

Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes the steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.


Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.

Program Themes

Nursing students at the University of Providence will learn these themes and more:

  • Compassion, ethics, and spirituality
  • Patient and family-centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Population and Community Health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and inter-professional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development

Program Information

Course List
Pre-Enrollment Credit Requirements
  • MSN 519: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 529: Advanced Pharmacology (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 575: Advanced Health Assessment (3 Semester Credits)


AGNP Certificate Courses
  • MSN 592: Clinical Practicum Seminar (1 Semester Credit)
  • MSN 602: Patient Care Management (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 603: Patience Cart Management II (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 604: Patient Care Management Geriatric (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 620: Patience Care Management Practicum I (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 630: Patient Care Management Practicum II (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 640: Patient Care Management Practicum III (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 655: Transition to Advanced Practice (3 Semester Credits)


Pre-Enrollment Semester Credits: 9 | AGNP Curriculum Semester Credits: 22 | Total Semester Credits: 31

Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive

The University of Providence is committed to supporting the healthcare workforce by empowering current healthcare professionals to start, enhance or advance their career in healthcare. The Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive (HPTI) Program provides currently employed healthcare professionals with the opportunity to apply tuition discounts to in-demand programs offered through our School of Health Professions catalog.

Visit the Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive Program page to learn more.


Providence Health & Services Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive an exceptional education from an accredited, faith-based, university. Caregivers and their dependents who enroll at the University of Providence may receive many possible benefits, such as discounted tuition rates and preferred admission, as part of their education benefits. Visit the Providence Human Resources Service Portal to learn more about caregiver education benefits, the application process for our programs, and tuition discounts.


Careers with an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners are critical in facilitating the primary care of adult patients. The responsibilities of a Primary Care AGNP include but are not limited to assessing a patient’s overall health, diagnosing patient health conditions based on symptoms, and creating patient care plans to improve and maintain a patient’s health.

Primary Care AGNPs work in various healthcare settings, including long-term care, private healthcare practices, community or organizational healthcare clinics, urgent-care facilities, and more. Job growth for Nurse Practitioners is projected to increase significantly between 2021 and 2031 – with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting the addition of 118,600 new jobs.


Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Cost of attendance worksheets outlining specific tuition layouts by program and semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.


Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Master of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Estimated Cost Breakdown Sheet to view pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process.


The University of Providence’s Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited through regional and national accrediting boards.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Providence is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Information can be found on the NWCCU website, and Comments can be directed to the NWCCU staff at the following address:


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 558-4224


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


Montana Board of Nursing

The University of Providence is accredited by the Montana Board of Nursing. Information can be found on the Montana Nursing Board website, and Comments can be directed to the Montana Nursing Board staff at the following address:


Montana Board of Nursing

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

(406) 841-2380


Contact Us


Tanya Seward, DNP, APRN, AGNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing