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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

An education with a focus on AGPCNP helps you develop versatile skills that allows you to pursue work with adults of all ages, from young adults to geriatric patients.

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Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Track

<p>Work as a primary care nurse practitioner with a diverse array of doctors and patients</p>

Work as a primary care nurse practitioner with a diverse array of doctors and patients

<p>Train in telehealth, special populations, and new trends in healthcare</p>

Train in telehealth, special populations, and new trends in healthcare

<p>Multiple starts throughout the year, flexible online classes including mobile-accessible learning, and accelerated and working profession program pacing options</p>

Multiple starts throughout the year, flexible online classes including mobile-accessible learning, and accelerated and working profession program pacing options

<p>Competitive tuition with financial aid options for those who qualify</p>

Competitive tuition with financial aid options for those who qualify

Why an AGPCNP Degree?

The primary care field of nursing and healthcare requires versatility in treatment, and an ability to adapt your care decisions for patients ranging from mid-adolescence to those of geriatric age. Primary caregivers are often what stands between a patient and the potential need for acute care. Their work also requires trust over time. At WCU, our track is set up to learn both care and communication.

In addition to online coursework as well as clinical experience on the ground, your West Coast University education will include a forward-thinking approach that anticipates new technologies and practices that will provide a future-focused approach to your education and practice.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Track

A WCU AGPCNP education prepares you to provide primary care to adults of all ages. WCU offers multiple degrees with an AGPCNP track.

Additional Information About our Online AGPCNP Degree

THE AGPCNP EXPERIENCE

We believe in end-to-end support. Throughout our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks, you will:

  • Learn to provide primary care for adults of all ages, from younger adults to geriatric patients
  • Engage with faculty members who are experienced nursing professionals, active in relevant clinical practice, and nationally board-certified
  • Get hands-on practice through on-site intensives at a WCU campus*
  • Gain experience online and through clinical placements
  • Be matched with a AGPCNP faculty mentor
  • Be eligible to sit for the national board certification upon completing the program
  • Receive 24-hour access to library and courses
  • Receive help obtaining your transcripts and any eligible transferable credits

* Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California. Students enrolled through the Texas campus must complete them in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation.

AGPCNP Curriculum

Our curricula are aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Here’s a preview of the number of credits needed, and the number of months your degree will take (depending on whether you choose the accelerated or working professional pace). We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect.

RN-MSN AGPCNP

MSN AGPCNP

Post-Master’s AGPCNP

Academic Calendar

New academic sessions begin, on average, and depending on programs, every eight weeks. You can review and consider an up-to-date start-to-completion schedule by degree.

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How Much Does The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track costs at West Coast University.

We offer several Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Effective Fall II (November 1, 2021)

Accelerated*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 1541
Program Length (full time) 6 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
RN to MSN Core (per credit x 33 credits) $615 $523
APRN Core (per credit x 31 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $44,630 $37,936
STRF3 $122.50 $107.50
Technology Fee4 $3,000 $3,000
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees5 $1,620 $1,620
Estimate Total Program Costs (Texas) $49,250 $42,556
Estimate Total Program Costs (California) $49,372.50 $42,663.50

Working Professional*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 1541
Program Length (full time) 11 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
RN to MSN Core (per credit x 33 credits) $615 $523
APRN Core (per credit x 31 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $44,630 $37,936
STRF3 $130 $112.50
Technology Fee4 $5,500 $5,500
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $51,750 $45,056
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $51,880 $45,168.50

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Includes 42 credits for unobstructed RN License, assumes 48 transfer credits for non-nursing courses, and the remaining 51 credits are required to be taken at WCU.

2 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

3 As of April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two hundred and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

4 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

5 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and APRN predictor exams for APRN students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 49
Program Length (full time) 5 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
MSN Core (per credit x 18 credits) $635 $540
APRN Core (per credit cost x 31 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost    $35,765 $30,397
STRF2 $100 $87.50
Technology Fee3 $2,500 $2,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $39,885 $34,517
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $39,985 $34,604.50


Working Professional*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 36
Total Program Credits 49
Program Length(full time) 8 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
MSN Core(per credit x 18 credits) $635 $540
APRN Core(per credit cost x 31 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $35,765 $30,397
STRF2 $102.50 $90
Technology Fee3 $4,000 $4,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $41,385 $36,017
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $41,487.50 $36,107

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employee, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.  

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two hundred and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and AGPCNP predictor exams for AGPCNP students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Post Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Effective Fall II (November 1, 2021)

Degree Type Certificate
Total Program Credits 28
Program Length (full time) 4 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
AGPCNP Core (per credit x 28 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $21,980 $18,676
STRF2 $65 $55
Technology Fee3 $2,000 $2,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $25,600 $22,296
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $25,665 $22,351

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

2 As of April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and APRN predictor exams for APRN students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Support for Students Beyond Graduation

We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers, and our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance designed for our online AGPCNP students and graduates.

Placement Opportunities

Graduates of the AGPCNP program will be eligible to sit for their national board certifications. AGPCNPs have the versatile skills needed to provide nursing care across a variety of settings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners (including AGPCNPs) can work in:

  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Educational services1

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

FAQs
How does the program prepare me for today’s adult-gerontology primary healthcare needs?

All our nursing programs deliver a student-centric, evidence-based education that includes topics relevant to an evolving healthcare environment. As an AGPCNP student, you can expect in-depth learning in a versatile range of skills, and other modalities. Our curricula also address telehealth, special populations, and upcoming trends in medicine.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the program?

WCU accepts transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. We recommend speaking with your admission advisor about your eligible credits. WCU may accept credit for previous courses taken through other academic institutions as long as the course meets the requirements of the specific academic program for which it is being considered and a grade of B- (80%) or better was achieved for a graduate course as documented on official transcripts. Each program maintains its own transfer credit requirements.

Will I learn from experienced faculty?

Every faculty member that teaches in our programs is an experienced nursing professional, active in relevant clinical practice, and nationally board-certified. Additionally, WCU professors are accessible to students. Through the Remind app, faculty members are only a call or text away.

If you need career insight or advice, you will be paired with a AGPCNP faculty advisor that can provide one-on-one guidance as needed.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Below are the time-to-completions for our programs when enrolled in an AGPCNP track:

  • MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 20 months
  • MSN (Working Professional Pace) – 32 months
  • RN to MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 24 months
  • RN to MSN (Working Professional Pace) – 44 months
  • Post-Master’s Certificate – 16 months  
Will I be eligible to sit for my certification exam?

Yes, after you complete the program, you will be eligible to sit for your certification exam. WCU offers two tools to help you prepare for the examination: Lecturio and BoardVitals. Both tools are mobile-friendly platforms that will help you review materials so you can approach the exam with confidence.

What is a MSN AGPCNP?

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a specialized degree that gives you the skills to provide care for adults of all ages. WCU's online AGPCNP program combines coursework with hands-on clinical experience.

Can I get an MSN AGPCNP degree online?

WCU's MSN AGPCNP program includes 100% online coursework. Some in-person practice experience is also necessary to complete your MSN AGPCNP degree.

How long does it take to earn an MSN AGPCNP degree?

WCU offers two different program paces for the online MSN AGPCNP program track. The Accelerated MSN AGPCNP program can be completed in as little as 20 months. The Working Professional Pace lets you earn your online AGPCNP degree in as few as 32 months.

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WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

 

Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify.

WCU Distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.

Practice Experience is required in order to graduate from the RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN, DNP degree and Post-Master's certificate programs.