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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AGPCNP)

Columbia University School of Nursing's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to deliver primary health care to all persons across the adult lifespan from adolescence (beginning at age 13) through end of life.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) students are provided with the most innovative, state-of-the-art immersion into advanced practice nursing in order to confidently contribute to the immediate and future health care needs of our most rapidly growing and at-risk populations, including adolescent health and geriatric care.

The newly-developed Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program combines Columbia Nursing’s nationally-recognized curricula from both the Adult and Gerontology specialty training programs into one enhanced, comprehensive single program of study. Additionally, the value-added focus on adolescent and geriatric health care, palliative and end-of-life care, and the integration of primary and mental health care ensures that the Columbia Nursing Adult-Gerontology NP graduate will have the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to provide high quality, well-informed, evidenced-base care to the broadest range of patients in any primary care or specialized clinical setting.

Using a well-balanced combination of didactic classroom instruction, experiential clinical seminars, and advanced clinical practica in diverse settings, Columbia's Adult-Gerontology NP students learn how to master and integrate their clinical practice with training in nursing leadership, clinical research, quality improvement, nursing informatics, and health and social policy. These practical and academic foci expertly inform the highest quality of evidenced-based clinical practice; creating not only in-demand expert providers, but also national and international nurse leaders who are forging the future direction of the profession of nursing's increasingly essential role in health care delivery.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for licensure and certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in all states in which board certification is required. Columbia's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program graduates meet the requirements for national board certification examinations offered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Content within the curriculum provides knowledge for students to see patients 13 years of age or older. However, graduates should be familiar with regulations regarding age restrictions for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners in the state in which they intend to practice.

The Program Director for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, ANP-BC.