No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

CCNE logoThe advanced practice registered nurse role in the healthcare system is becoming increasingly critical—and specialized—as the healthcare industry undergoes myriad changes.

Adult / Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) are advanced practice nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and who have advanced clinical training. AGPCNPs are trained to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of health issues among patients, ages 13 years and older. This specialization explores strategies for improving health outcomes through effective communication and collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to explore current health topics through a curriculum developed in collaboration with experts who serve in leading healthcare systems and institutions. Courses are rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing quality, comprehensive, accessible, and cost-effective care.

This specialization can prepare you to make a positive difference in today’s dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment, whether in clinical practice or a related health professional role. You can gain responsibility in your current role or prepare to advance your career. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. Graduates can pursue national adult nurse practitioner certification and state credentialing.

The AGPCNP specialization allows for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

In Walden’s MSN program, you can:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment.
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Career Impact

Students in this specialization will be prepared to qualify to sit for the national certification exam for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner upon graduation. Demand for nurse practitioners is on the rise.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.2 And, the average annual salary for an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner is $89,380, according to PayScale.3

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner can help position you for roles in the following settings:

  • Primary care clinics
  • Specialty care clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Worksite-based health clinics
  • Private medical practices
  • Public health departments
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

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Allison Souza

Allison Souza

MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Walden’s classes strengthened my leadership skills and supported me to help homeless people and veterans within my community.
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
I like the structure of the courses and the professors give feedback that both challenges and improves my skills.
Alvin Mena Cantero MSN Graduate
Alvin Mena Centaro
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Jaimee Kastler MSN Graduate / PhD in Nursing Student
Jaimee Kastler

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on certification: The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Learn more about professional licensure. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at, American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Source: PayScale, Average Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.

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