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

Hone your skill set with an online AGPCNP Post-Master’s Certificate and continue providing excellent care to a wide range of patients.

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PMC – AGPCNP

8 Weeks

8-week terms allow for start dates throughout the year

2 On-Site Intensives

Participate in in-person immersive experiences that help prepare you for clinical rotations and for practice

CCNE-Accredited

This APRN track is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1

AGPCNP Program Highlights

Develop specialized skills to work in primary care within diverse communities

Learn about industry-current topics such as telehealth, special populations, and emerging trends

Get 24/7 access to your online coursework with mobile-accessible learning

Your Success

In-person experiences to help you gain hands-on practice in primary care

Why Choose a Post-Master’s Certificate - AGPCNP?

A Post-Master’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate helps you expand your expertise and proficiency in addressing the primary care needs of a wide range of adult patients. With WCU’s online AGPCNP Post-Master’s specialization, you have the opportunity to advance your nursing practice through a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum.

Beyond online coursework and hands-on clinical experiences, a WCU education takes a forward-thinking approach to healthcare, anticipating advancements in technologies and practices. Earn your AGPCNP Post-Master’s Certificate in as little as 16 months and prepare to make an even greater impact.

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Overview: Online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Program Details: Post-Master’s Certificate – AGPCNP

Program Pace

Distance Education/Online

28 Credits

16 Months

4 Semesters

Curriculum
Course Number Course Name Total Credit Hours
Number Name Hours
NURS 530 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology – APRN 3
NURS 676 Advanced Pharmacology – APRN 3
NURS 679 Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory 3
NURS 679L-A Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I 2
NURS 679L-B Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II 2
NURS 681 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab – APRN 4
NURS 682 Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NURS 682L-A Advanced Healthcare Residency I 2
NURS 682L-B* Advanced Healthcare Residency II 2
NURS 684 Primary Care Women’s Health: Theory 2
NURS 684L Primary Care Women’s Health: Practicum 2
Total Credit Hours: 28
*NURS 682L-BR – Taken if student is unsuccessful in NURS 682L-B
Tuition & Financial Aid

How Much Does the Post-Master’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program 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 post-master’s AGPCNP online 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 post master’s AGPCNP certificate program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several 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.

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

Tuition and Fees

 

Degree Type Certificate (Enrolling prior to April 1, 2024) Certificate (Enrolling after April 1, 2024) 
Total Program Credits 28 28 
Program Length(full time) 4 trimesters 4 trimesters 
AGPCNP Core(per credit x 28 credits) $785 $785 
Total Tuition Cost $21,980 $21,980 
STRF1 $75 $0 
Technology Fee2 $2,000 $2,000 
Estimate for Program Supply Fees3 $2,300 $2,300 
Program Fee (Clinical)4 $3,300 $3,300 
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $29,580 $29,580 
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $29,655 $29,580 

 

Indirect Costs

8 Month Academic Year5    
  Prior to Fall I 2024  Starting Fall I 2024 
with parents off campus with parents  off campus
Federal Student Loan Fee  $220  $220  $220  $220 
Living Expense (Food & Housing) $2,384 $7,936 $2,496  $8,328 
Transportation $1,648 $1,648 $1,728  $1,728 
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $5,392 $5,392 $5,656  $5,656 
Total $9,644 $15,196 $10,100  $15,932 

1 As of April 1, 2024, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be zero dollars and zero cents ($0.00) 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.

2 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.

3 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.  

Program Fee covers the establishment, on-going management, scheduling, coordination, site visits, and any other expenses related to clinical rotations.

5 The purpose of the Cost of Attendance (COA) is to provide students and families with an estimated cost to attend West Coast University. The COA includes both direct and indirect cost estimates. Direct costs are paid directly to West Coast University and are shown separately for each program. Indirect costs are not paid to West Coast University and are estimates students may use to budget expenses they may incur while attending school. While actual indirect costs may vary, West Coast University estimates these amounts based on the number of months in an academic year and whether students will live with parents or off campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following requirements (Post-Master’s Certificates All Track Options):

  1. Completion of the application for admission.
  2. Completion of all university admissions requirements.
  3. Submission of the official transcript with proof of a conferred Master of Science (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from and ACEN-, CCNE-, or CNEA-accredited program, with a 3.0 GPA or better.
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree. Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period to be admitted to the program.
  4. A valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in any U.S. state or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program.
    1. Military, federal, and foreign-educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure.
    2. An active and unencumbered RN license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.
    3. A domestic or foreign medical degree is not equivalent to a nursing degree.

*Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.

Additional Admissions Requirements Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks Only:

In addition to the admissions requirements above, applicants to the Post-Master’s Certificate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse tracks must also meet the following admissions requirements:

  1. Recommendation for admission by the Program Dean/Director and admission committee members. Past academic performance and professional achievements will be evaluated using a rubric to determine the applicant’s level of qualification.
  2. A valid and unencumbered license as an RN in any US state or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes practicum experiences.
  3. Applicants who have been dismissed from a previous WCU nurse practitioner program track do not qualify for admission into any of the Post-Master’s Certificate Nurse Practitioner tracks.
  4. Applicants will have a formal transfer of credit gap analysis prior to acceptance of admission.
  5. Applicants who do not meet full admissions criteria will not be considered.
  6. Applicants to the APRN tracks must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care RN experience before entering APRN core courses as verified using the experience verification form.
  7. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track applicants must have one (1) year of intensive care unit (ICU) experience as a registered nurse (RN) within the past 5 years prior to admission as verified using the experience verification form.
  8. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track applicants must have one (1) year of registered nurse (RN) experience in direct patient care or a minimum of six (6) months of direct patient care experience in psychiatric mental health nursing (preferred) within the last 5 years prior to admission as verified using the experience verification form.
  9. All students will be required to complete the Supplemental Application Form.

*Students admitted to APRN tracks under previous admissions requirements and have withdrawn that have completed more than 75% of the credits associated with the program will be re-admitted to the previous version of their program using previous requirements.

For more information on our admission requirements, please visit our catalog.

Academic Calendar

New academic terms begin, on average, every eight weeks. The number of trimesters needed depends on the program and pace selected for the AGPCNP track. For the most updated start-to-completion schedule, view the Academic Calendar.

Clinical Placements

Clinical Placements

Helping You Find the Right Clinical Facility

Our WCU Clinical Placements team is committed to supporting you from start to finish in your clinical practice journey. We can help you find the right preceptor and clinical site that matches with your goals, guide you through the process of getting your preceptor and clinical site approved, or advise you on how to have a successful practicum experience. Your assigned coordinator of clinical relations will be available for coaching calls.

With partnerships with various healthcare providers, West Coast University has valuable resources for helping students with clinical practice placements.

Career Services

Support for Students Beyond Graduation

Our Career Services department offers ongoing guidance and professional development workshops to our graduates on an ongoing basis.3 We help our AGPCNP graduates learn how to write better resumes, improve their job searches, prepare for interviews, and more.

Additionally, before graduation, we provide our students with support through various channels, including free tutoring, Student Success advisors, admissions and financial aid advisors, and more.

Featured Faculty

George-Peraza-Smith

Meet the Dean

Dr. George Byron Peraza-Smith, DNP, RN, AGNP-C, GNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP

Dean/Director, DNP, RN to BSN, AGPC-NP & Graduate Specialty Programs

Dr. George Peraza-Smith is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). He obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in nursing administration from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has both a gerontological nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate from the University of South Florida and an adult nurse practitioner post-doctoral certificate from Brandman University.

Dr. Peraza-Smith is board-certified as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP), a gerontological nurse practitioner, an APRN gerontological specialist, and a certified nurse educator. He is the immediate past president of the Florida Nurses Association and the immediate past inaugural president of the Gerontology Nursing Certification Commission (GNCC) for which he remains a trustee on the board. The GNCC offers an APRN gerontological specialist certification to distinguish APRNs who possess expert knowledge, experience, and skill in managing the complex health needs of older adults.

Dr. Peraza-Smith has been teaching in MSN and DNP online and hybrid programs for over 10 years. He has held academic leadership positions such as professor, program director, department chair, and associate dean. Dr. Peraza-Smith resides in Zephyrhills, Florida with his husband and two children.

Dr. Christine Bouchard

Christine Bouchard, PhD, ANP, MPH

Dr. Christine Bouchard graduated from a dual master’s with an MS in Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)/Occupational Health Nursing and an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health. She then went on to get her PhD in nursing. She’s been working as an ANP for 23 years in primary care, urgent care, and occupational health. Having seen patients with mental health issues in all these settings, Dr. Bouchard went back to school for her PMHNP PGC. She will have completed her program on August 13, 2023, and will shortly thereafter sit for the ANCC PMHNP national board certification exam.

Dr. Bouchard believes in being active in the NP community including securing sponsors for the local Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and being on the board of the Tampa Bay Advanced Practice Nurses Council, an organization with over 400 members, for over four years where she currently serves as the Managing Director. She’s taught nursing students on ground, online, and hybrid at the ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and DNP levels. She’s also served as BSN, RN to BSN, HS, and HCM Program Director at an on-ground campus. She’s currently an Associate Professor in the Post-Master’s AGPCNP certificate program and the Course Lead for the Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Assessment (3Ps).

Khaled Alomari

Khaled Alomari, PhD, NP, RN

Dr. Alomari currently serves as the Program Assistant Dean for the DNP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN – Nurse Leader, MSN – Educator, and RN to BSN programs at West Coast University. Dr. Alomari’s administrative acumen is noteworthy, having held various positions of responsibility throughout his career. Prior to his current role as Program Assistant Dean, he served as one of the Program Deans of Advanced Practice Nursing Programs at West Coast University, where he successfully guided the development and growth of these specialized programs. His exceptional leadership and strategic vision have earned him respect and admiration among his colleagues and peers.

Dr. Alomari has attained a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in nursing, underscoring his commitment to continuous professional growth and advancement. With a background as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, Dr. Alomari possesses a comprehensive understanding of clinical practice that enriches his teaching and administrative roles.

With an impressive 15-year tenure in higher education, Dr. Alomari has consistently demonstrated his passion for shaping the future of nursing education. His impact extends beyond the walls of his institution, as he is sought after nationally and internationally as a consultant on matters related to nursing education, curriculum development, and accreditation. Through his expertise and guidance, Dr. Alomari has contributed significantly to the enhancement of nursing programs and the quality of education provided to students worldwide.

In addition to his exemplary leadership and consultancy roles, Dr. Alomari is a researcher who has conducted multiple studies in the field. His commitment to advancing nursing practice and patient care is evident through his published articles. By disseminating his findings in reputable journals, Dr. Alomari continues to contribute to the knowledge base of the nursing profession, enriching the understanding and application of evidence-based practice.

FAQs

How long will it take to complete my AGPCNP post-master’s certificate?

You can earn your post-master’s AGPCNP certificate in as little as 16 months.

Will I be able to transfer my previous coursework 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 (3.0) or better was achieved for a graduate course as documented on official transcripts. Each program maintains its own transfer credit requirements.4

Will I be eligible to sit for my certification exam?

Yes, after you complete your program, you will be eligible to sit for your national board certification exam. WCU offers various tools to help you prepare for the examination: board-style question banks, topic-specific lectures, board review courses, and board predictor exams. These mobile-friendly platforms make it easier for you review materials so you can feel confident upon exam time.

Will I learn from experienced faculty?

Every faculty member that teaches in our programs is an experienced, nationally board-certified nursing professional who is active in relevant clinical practice. 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 who can provide one-on-one guidance as needed.

What is an on-site intensive (OSI)?

Our AGPCNP program requires the completion of two on-site intensives (OSIs).6 These are in-person, immersive experiences that help prepare students for APRN clinical rotations and practice. Your OSIs will be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, learn unique skills, and get valuable feedback from instructors.

Can I receive financial aid?

Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available to students who meet the eligibility requirements. Some of the available scholarships and grants include the Alumni Pathway Grant (covers up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covers up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covers up to 15% of tuition). To learn about eligibility requirements, visit the scholarships and grants page of our online catalog.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

1 The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

2 Population Reference Bureau. “Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States” December 2015

3 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment

4 WCU catalog, “Nursing (MSN-AGPCNP), Master of Science Degree – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track”

5American Association of Nurse Practitioners, “Are You Considering a Career as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?” June 17, 2020

6Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSIs 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.