M.S. in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

M.S. in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

LIU Brooklyn offers the Master of Science in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). The 40-credit program is designed to be completed in six semesters (fall, spring, and summer) of part-time study. Graduates of the AGNP program are eligible for a New York State Certificate as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and will be eligible for national board certification through the national certifying agencies for advanced practice nursing (American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses in young adults, adults, and older adults in a variety of primary care settings.

Under the New York State, Modernization Act, after successfully completing the 3600 clinical hours, a nurse practitioner can independently diagnose and treat patients without a written practice collaboration with a physician.

Learning Environment

The faculty promotes a learning environment that encourages individual exploration and fosters critical thinking, decision making and professional growth.

Admissions Requirements

Students are accepted on a rolling admission basis.
Applicants to the M.S. in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission.
  • Possess a current New York State Registered Nurse license and current registration.
  • One year recent experience in a clinical area requiring acute care skills, i.e., family medicine or internal medicine office, community clinics, home care, hospital setting (med/surg or specialty floor) or specialty office practice preferred.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from all college(s) or universities attended.
  • Bachelor degree in Nursing required.
  • The three undergraduate mandatory courses are Health Assessment, Nursing Research, and Statistics and must have at least a minimum grade of B to be considered.
  • Students who have not taken an undergraduate statistics course within five years are given the opportunity to take a statistics course during the first semester of the AGNP program.
  • International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 Internet-based (a minimum listening score of 22 is also required); 225 Computer-based; or 563 Paper-based. IELTS of 6.5 or above is also acceptable.

Program Requirements for Graduation

Classes differ in their approach depending on course content. The information is lecture, lab and seminar format. The faculty participate in the educational process as role models, facilitators and mentors.

The courses are delivered in a blended format and are web-enhanced using Blackboard. Basic computer skills are required. Approximately 49% of the class sessions delivered online with the remaining class sessions delivered face-to-face.

The required credits, class hours and clinical hours for the program are:

Credit Hours

Class Hours

Clinical Hours




Course Sequence

I. Core Credits
NUR 610 Nursing Research   3
NUR 612 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing   3
NUR 614 B Primary Health Care of the Adult 2
NUR 620 The Theoretical Basis of Advanced Practice Nursing   3
NUR 630 The Advanced Practice Role 2
NUR 634 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NUR 644 Pharmacology   4
NUR 670 Healthcare Issue Policies and Ethics 2
II. Specialization Credits Direct Care Practicum Hours
NUR 615 Foundations for Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Practice 2 20
NUR 650 Diagnosis and Management of Illnesses and Physical Conditions of the Adult I 4 0
NUR 654 A & B Precepted Practicum in Primary and Acute Care of the Adult I A = 2 B = 2 Total 240
NUR 660 Diagnosis and Management of Illnesses and Physical Conditions of the Adult II 4 0
NUR 664 A & B Precepted Practicum in Adult Primary and Acute Care II A = 2 B = 2 Total 240
TOTAL: 40 500

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's degree program in nursing at the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing, Long Island University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's degree program in nursing at the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing, Long Island University are accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234. Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health, and for board certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCB).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Select relevant theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge to design, provide, and evaluate safe advanced nursing care to diverse clients in multiple settings.
  2. Formulate leadership behaviors that promote interprofessional collaboration and communication, fiscal accountability, system change, advocacy for the elimination of health disparities, and the provision of quality care.
  3. Monitor and assess outcomes to create quality improvement and safety initiatives that promote a just culture of safety and excellence in organizational systems.
  4. Build and lead collaborative interprofessional teams to evaluate and translate evidence into practice to enhance quality and improve healthcare outcomes.
  5. Evaluate and manage the appropriate use of technology to evaluate outcome data, promote safe practice environments and effective communication, and educate patients and members of the healthcare team to improve healthcare outcomes.
  6. Advocate, shape, and integrate policy that influences social determinants of health, equitable access to care, reduces health care disparities, and promotes the advancement of the nursing profession.
  7. Demonstrate effective assessment, planning, implementation, design and evaluation strategies in caring for individuals and groups regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, culture, health care beliefs, and religion while working with and understanding the roles of all members of the interprofessional team.
  8. Design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based patient centered culturally appropriate clinical prevention strategies to promote health and health education, prevent disease and reduce risk among individuals and populations at the local, national, and global levels.
  9. Value life-long learning and continuing professional development that prepares graduate nurses to influence the delivery of safe quality care to diverse populations in a variety of settings and in a variety of roles.

National Certification
Certification Pass Rates for students who graduated in 2019

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 83%
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 83%


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

Peggy C. Tallier, Dean