MSN Degree

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)




Goldfarb’s AGPCNP Master's program option prepares students to educationally and clinically provide care for adults, as well as diagnose, treat and manage adults with acute and chronic conditions in appropriate primary care settings.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers the Master of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration for BSN-prepared registered nurses interested in becoming an advanced practice nurse focusing on caring for adult patients. Through the program, students will be educationally and clinically prepared to provide care for healthy adults, as well as evaluate, treat and manage adults with acute and chronic conditions.

Concentration Highlights

Our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration has many benefits to students. The concentration builds upon a foundation in theory, research, ethics and health policy to advance students’ understanding of clinical decision-making needed in advanced practice roles. Clinical experiences are conducted in clinics, physicians’ offices and other primary care settings in the St. Louis area. A portion of clinical practicum experiences are pre-arranged. An individualized curriculum plan will be developed based on a gap analysis of the applicant’s prior course work.

Top Faculty and Robust Curriculum

Our faculty of practicing nurse practitioners bring real-world relevance and depth to the learning experience. You’ll benefit from a curriculum of wide-ranging courses taught by dedicated faculty who are invested in your training to become an advanced practice nurse.

World-Class Clinical Simulation Institute

Our Clinical Simulation Institute offers the ideal training ground to practice skills and scenarios in a realistic setting. High-tech equipment and cutting-edge simulators will give you an opportunity to practice your knowledge and clinical judgment in a supportive learning environment.

Affiliations with Top Institutions

We’re proud to be associated with the area’s top medical institutions. Our close relationship with Washington University School of Medicine gives our students access to their clinics as well as valuable clinical experience with the medical staff. As a student, you’ll also have an opportunity to engage with Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis College of Pharmacy for interprofessional development.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the accredited Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration will be prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exams to become certified in the field.

As an advanced practice nurse, you will have an opportunity to deliver patient care in a variety of settings such as family practice offices, internal medicine offices, some hospital settings, urgent care, community clinics, assisted living and long-term facilities and home health settings.

Sample Course Sequence

*Online class, **Face-to-face class, ***Hybrid

NOTE: Courses and sequencing are subject to change

Didactic 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours                                

Clinical 1 credit hour* = 60 clinical contact hours

Total contact hours = 1380

Term 1 Credit Hours Didactic Contact Hours Clinical Contact Hours
NURS 6420 Health Promotion Theory & Population Health 3 45 -
NURS 6523 Foundations of Scholarly Writing and Evidence Based Practice 3 45 -
Term 2
NURS 6327 Health Systems Policy 3 45 -
NURS 6500 Leadership & Collaboration for Quality & Safety 3 45 -
Term 3
NURS 5110 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 45 -
NURS 6328 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing 3 45 -
Term 4
NURS 5101 Advanced Pathophysiology for Primary Care 3 45 -
NURS 6122 Skills & Procedures for Primary Care NP 3 45 -
Term 5
NURS 5121 Advanced Health Assessment * 3 30 60
NURS 6240 Systems-Based Practice & DNP Project I 3 30 60
Term 6
NURS 5805 Adult Gero Primary Care I 3 45 -
NURS 5808 Adult Gero Primary Care I Clinical **** 2 - 240
NURS 5965 Adult Gero Primary Care II (Add additional women’s health) 3 45 -
NURS 5968 Adult Gero Primary Care II Clinical **** 4 - 240
Term 8
NURS 5970 Primary Care III Adult Gero Clinical Intensive **** 5 30 240
TOTAL 49 540 840

Admission Requirements

The following items are required when applying to the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate coursework

  • Unencumbered/unrestricted RN license in good standing, Current CV or resume

  • Current BLS provider status

  • Official transcripts from all institutions where credit was earned

  • Two letters of reference from individuals who can address the applicant’s academic and clinical potential

  • Personal statement that addresses the desired area of specialization, personal attributes, program, and career goals

Students must have had three separate graduate courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Graduate Pathophysiology and Pharmacology.  If these three courses were not taken in their prior master’s degree program, they must be completed as part of the required NP curriculum in the post-master's certificate program. 

An email with additional information regarding compliance requirements will be sent three months prior to the start date.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition Costs

Earning your MSN degree is a significant investment, and one of the most important ones you will make. Take a look at expenses or down our program cost flyer.

Financial Aid

We want you to be successful as you embark on the Post-Degree Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration. Take a look at what financial assistance options are available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see a list of frequently asked questions below.

If you have additional questions, please contact Beth Beyatte, Director of the Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, at [email protected]

How long does the program last?

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program accepts applications throughout the entire school year.

If I am accepted, when can I start the program?

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program currently starts in May of each year.

How long does the program last?

The entire program is designed to be completed in 27 months for students entering with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students who have already completed a Master’s degree in Nursing usually complete the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program in as little as 12 months.

Will I be able to continue to work while enrolled in the program?

As the majority of the first-year courses are offered online, most students are able to maintain full or part-time employment throughout the first year of the program. During the second year, most students choose to work no more than part-time to allow for time to complete the required course work and clinical experiences.

How will I achieve my clinical experiences while enrolled in the program?

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is one of the few schools in the region that offers considerable support in locating and securing appropriate preceptors for a variety of clinical experiences. Students can expect to spend approximately 2 days a week working with a clinical preceptor during each term of the final year of the program.

Where can I complete my precepted clinical experiences?

The school has a unique relationship with several community partners including the Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University Physician’s Group, Barnes-Jewish Medical Group, the Center for Preoperative Assessment and Planning, Barnes Care Occupational Health Services, the Psychiatric Stabilization Center, and numerous private family and specialty practices. Because of these relationships, the program director and student placement specialist team can help assist many students in finding appropriate preceptors.

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