The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

DNP Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Role Concentration (AGPCNP)

The online DNP Post-Baccalaureate Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner role concentration prepares clinical experts in the delivery of care to adolescent, adult and older adult populations.This concentration prepares students to be eligible to sit for the AGPCNP board certification examination through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

This professional nursing preparation includes advanced coursework in leadership, health policy, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills.

Students must complete 30 credits. 

Clinical Experience

All students are required to secure their own clinical practicum sites and preceptors in this program. Our Clinical Placement Coordinator will assist students as needed. Practicum arrangements are made prior to beginning selected courses and must be approved by the College of Nursing faculty, the Clinical Placement Coordinator, or the Program Director. These arrangements are made prior to beginning selected courses and must be approved by the College of Nursing faculty. See the Downloads section below for descriptions of clinical practicum courses. 

DNP Core Courses

All students take DNP core courses (foundation core and capstone courses) as well as role courses as needed. An individually tailored plan of study is created by transcript review after admission.


Priority deadline is December 15 for fall admission.  

Applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts from colleges/universities attended
  • Baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing, or an associate’s degree in nursing and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B) or higher • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scholarly writing sample, e.g., scholarly paper, publication (see application for instructions)
  • Statement of professional goals (See application for instructions)
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Documentation of professional licensure and certifications
  • Evidence of completion of undergraduate statistics and health assessment course or equivalent if required by specialty
  • TOEFL scores where applicable