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Purdue University Global | Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate

The Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate program from Purdue University Global is designed to provide experienced nurses with an understanding of how to diagnose and treat a diverse array of patients, from young adults to the elderly. Read more about this flexible nurse practitioner training program here.

Official Program Name:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Graduate Certificate

Program Requirements:

This program is for Registered Nurses who are looking to advance their career. Individuals interested in enrolling in this Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate program must possess a master's degree in nursing, pass a criminal background check, and submit their national or state nursing certification or licensure.

Program Description:

In this program, students will have the opportunity to examine methods for communicating wellness and health care practices to individuals from various age groups and cultural backgrounds. They will have the chance to learn how to evaluate patients, request diagnostic exams, and identify possible ailments. The program is also designed to teach participants how to prescribe treatments, collaborate with other practitioners, and follow up with patient care. Other topics intended to be covered include patient advocacy, health care costs, regulatory issues, and professional ethics. Prior to completing the program, students will have the chance to elect a site where they would like to complete a practicum.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

60 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for an Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (60 credits)

  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Life Span (5 credits)
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (5 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics (5 credits)
  • NP I - Introduction to Primary Care for the Nurse Practitioner (5 credits)
  • AGNP I - Primary Care of the Adolescent and Adult (5 credits)
  • AGNP I Clinical - Adolescent and Adult Focus (5 credits)
  • NP I - Primary Care of Women's Health (5 credits)
  • NP II Clinical - Women's Health Focus (5 credits)
  • AGNP II - Primary Care of the Frail Elderly (5 credits)
  • AGNP II Clinical - Frail Elderly Focus (5 credits)
  • Transition to Practice (5 credits)
  • NP III Clinical - Primary Care Focus (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing this program, some may opt to enroll in another professional nurse certificate program. Purdue University Global offers several related certificate programs in such areas as nurse educator, executive leader, adult-gerontology acute care, and family nurse practitioner. Participating in such a program could allow registered nurses to widen their career prospects by developing skills in multiple specializations. Individuals interested in obtaining professional credentials should check with the appropriate state or certifying agency for education requirements.

Career Paths:

Individuals who have earned an Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate could be able to take on additional responsibilities in their current professional position. For those who may choose to seek employment elsewhere, they could look to home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, hospitals, primary care practices, clinics, or urgent care centers. Nursing professionals and practitioners could be able to find employment as per diem or full-time staff members.

Those who have completed this Purdue University Global program could pursue positions as a:

  • Hospice nurse
  • Adult day services nurse
  • Nurse supervisor

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