MS with Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization Program

The Master of Science (MS) Degree with a Major in Nursing and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization (MS/AGNP) develops leadership and practice skills necessary to shape nursing practice in a dynamic, complex, and globally interdependent healthcare system.

The graduate program offers an innovative approach to advanced practice education by integrating expertise from other disciplines, (medicine, pharmacy, gerontology, audiology, speech pathology, social work, physical and occupational therapy).

The MS programs feature:

  • Multidisciplinary study in a 630-hour preceptorship.
  • Access to practice at two nurse-managed clinics.
  • Research opportunities on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.
  • Option to take electives in the multidisciplinary gerontology program.
  • A post-master's Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate is available for students who have a master's in nursing. Required courses are individualized, based on previous master's curriculum.

Research Opportunities or Research Focus

  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Chronic Care Delivery
  • Promotion of Wellness
  • Nursing Education


Some of the graduate program didactic courses are only available in an online format whereas others may also be available in the classroom. View this list of courses for information regarding the delivery format. Contact the Graduate Program Advisor for more specific information regarding the sequencing of courses and any eligibility requirements.

Program Goals/Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MS, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate client and family responses to health and Illness as a basis for promotion, restoration and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness
  2. Synthesize theory and research in the management of the care of individuals and families in a specialized area of practice
  3. Use nursing interventions based on knowledge of the interrelationship among person, environment, health and nursing
  4. Demonstrate role competence as an Advance Practice nurse in providing care to individuals and families including rural and vulnerable population
  5. Provide leadership in effecting positive change in professional, social, political, and ethical situations to advance nursing, healthcare and health policy
  6. Evaluate nursing and health systems effectiveness based on outcomes
  7. Demonstrate competencies as an advanced practice nurse through successfully meeting standards for national certification

Sample Plan of Study

Purdue School of Nursing is a member of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence


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