Jun 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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

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Post-Masterʼs Certificate

A post-masterʼs certificate can be earned in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) track.

Requirements for the Post-Masterʼs AGNP Certificate

Qualifications for participation in a post-master’s certificate track include completion of both the baccalaureate and an advanced practice master’s degree in nursing from a CNEA or CCNE-accredited program at a regionally accredited institution, or an equivalent institution, as determined by graduate faculty in The Stabler Department of Nursing. Transcripts from previous educational institutions will be reviewed as part of a gap analysis, which is required by professional certification bodies (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]). If previous coursework is not substantially similar to York College degree requirements, additional core coursework may be required for eligibility to take the professional certification examination upon program completion. A gap analysis is completed for all post-master’s applicants and the results are shared with applicants during the acceptance process. 

Post-masterʼs students who are not currently practicing as a nurse practitioner (NP) must complete 56 hours of clinical experience with a nurse practitioner (unless required to take NUR509/510 at York College), prior to enrolling in the first clinical course, NUR 522. Post-master’s students who do not meet the practice requirement will register for one (1) credit of independent study during the semester prior to enrolling in NUR522. The purpose of this independent study experience is for the student to practice history taking and physical exam skills. Students who are currently practicing as NPs may be required to demonstrate performance of a complete physical exam prior to enrollment in the first clinical course, NUR 522. 

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PASBoN) requires applicants for prescriptive privileges to have completed a 45-hour advanced pharmacology course within the five years prior to application for privileges. Therefore, post-masterʼs students who plans to seek privileges in Pennsylvania, and whose advanced pharmacology course will be older than five years by the time of program completion, are required to take another advanced pharmacology course that can be approved by the Nurse Practitioner Program Director and the PASBoN. If prescriptive privileges will be sought in a state that does not have the same requirement, the student must take a continuing education pharmacology refresher course approved by the program director prior to enrollment in the first clinical course, NUR 522. 


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masterʼs Certificate Courses

Students who enroll in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner post-master’s track will complete 23 credits of AGNP courses, including 14 credits (784 hours) of direct care clinical. An individualized gap analysis will reveal whether the student must complete additional core coursework prior to enrollment in clinical courses. Students will be notified of gap analysis findings during the admission process. 

Total Program Credits = 23

Suggested Course Sequence

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