Advanced Certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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LIU Brooklyn offers the Advance Certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). The 32-credit program is designed to be completed in five semesters (fall and spring) of part-time study. Graduates of the Advance Certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for a New York State licensure as an Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and will be eligible for national board certification through the national certifying agencies for advanced practice nursing (American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

Advanced Certificate in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner offers nurses who already have earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing, the opportunity to increase their expertise in providing care for young adults, adults and older adults in a variety of primary care settings.

Under the New York State, Modernization Act, after successfully completing the 3600 clinical hours, a nurse practitioner can independently diagnose and treat patients without a written practice collaboration with a physician

Learning Environment

The faculty promotes a learning environment that encourages individual exploration and fosters critical thinking, decision making and professional growth.

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduation from a Master’s degree nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation
  • A cumulative GPA from all post-Secondary schools attended of at least 3.0 in nursing and 3.0 overall
  • New York State Professional R.N. License and current registration
  • One year of clinical experience as an RN preferred
  • Prior college-level statistics, nursing research, and health assessment courses are required for the MS and Advanced Certificate programs (Statistics or undergraduate Nursing Research may be completed during the first year of graduate study at LIU Brooklyn)
  • Completed LIU Brooklyn application form
  • A current resume or CV and official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 Internet-based (a minimum listening score of 22 is also required); 225 Computer-based; or 563 Paper-based. IELTS of 6.5 or above is also acceptable.

Program Requirements for Graduation

Classes differ in their approach depending on course content. The information is delivered in lecture, lab, and seminar format. The faculty participate in the educational process as role models, facilitators, and mentors.

The courses are delivered in a blended format and are web-enhanced using Blackboard. Basic computer skills are required. Approximately 49% of the class sessions delivered online with the remaining class sessions delivered face-to-face.

Credit Hours 

 Class Hours

 Clinical Hours




Course Curriculum

Requirements include:
Core 14 Credits
Specialization 18 Credits
Total 32 Credits
I. Core Credits
NUR 612 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing


NUR 614 B Primary Health Care of the Adult


NUR 630 The Advanced Practice Role 2
NUR 634 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUR 644 Pharmacology 4
II. Specialization Credits Direct Care Practicum Hours
NUR 615 Foundations for Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Practice 2 20
NUR 650 Diagnosis and Management of Illnesses and Physical Conditions of the Adult I 4 0
NUR 654 A & B Precepted Practicum in Primary and Acute Care of the Adult I A = 2
B = 2
Total 240
NUR 660 Diagnosis and Management of Illnesses and Physical Conditions of the Adult II 4 0
NUR 664 A & B Precepted Practicum in Adult Primary and Acute Care II A = 2
B = 2
Total 240

Board-certified Nurse Practitioners who wish to expand into another specialty can have their academic preparation evaluated and an individualized program developed for them.

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Select relevant theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge to design, provide, and evaluate safe advanced nursing care to diverse clients in multiple settings.
  2. Formulate leadership behaviors that promote interprofessional collaboration and communication, fiscal accountability, system change, advocacy for the elimination of health disparities, and the provision of quality care.
  3. Monitor and assess outcomes to create quality improvement and safety initiatives that promote a just culture of safety and excellence in organizational systems.
  4. Build and lead collaborative interprofessional teams to evaluate and translate evidence into practice to enhance quality and improve healthcare outcomes.
  5. Evaluate and manage the appropriate use of technology to evaluate outcome data, promote safe practice environments and effective communication, and educate patients and members of the healthcare team to improve healthcare outcomes.
  6. Advocate, shape, and integrate policy that influences social determinants of health, equitable access to care, reduces health care disparities, and promotes the advancement of the nursing profession.
  7. Demonstrate effective assessment, planning, implementation, design and evaluation strategies in caring for individuals and groups regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, culture, health care beliefs, and religion while working with and understanding the roles of all members of the interprofessional team.
  8. Design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based patient centered culturally appropriate clinical prevention strategies to promote health and health education, prevent disease and reduce risk among individuals and populations at the local, national, and global levels.
  9. Value life-long learning and continuing professional development that prepares graduate nurses to influence the delivery of safe quality care to diverse populations in a variety of settings and in a variety of roles.

National Certification
Certification Pass Rates for students who graduated in 2019

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 83%
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 83%


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

Dr. Margaret Stroehlein, Dean