Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

Duke University School of Nursing ranks number one primary care.

The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner – primary care (AGNP-primary care) major in our MSN Program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to individuals from adolescence to older adulthood across primary care settings, including those in rural and under-served areas. Our AGNP-primary care major prepares advanced practice nurses as generalists in adult primary care in a wide variety of settings, including private practices, public clinics, hospital-based outpatient clinics, and specialty practices.

As a graduate from our adult-gerontology nurse practitioner major you are well-prepared to provide culturally competent, evidence-based, state-of-the-art primary medical care to patients from adolescence through senescence. Our graduates practice in a wide variety of outpatient settings ranging from small community health centers to retail clinics to large academic medical centers.

  • Program ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report

  • Opportunities for short-term course or clinical work in international sites

  • Options for choosing an area of specialization (cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, orthopedics, or HIV)

  • Precepted clinical experiences in a variety of settings, including rural and underserved areas

  • Campus visits for intensive group learning experiences complement the online didactic content and the clinical preceptorships

  • Focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide primary care across diverse settings

  • Develop clinical resiliency under the mentorship of experienced clinicians in their area of expertise

  • Synthesize clinical learning and the transition to the role of nurse practitioner

  • A final residency clinical synthesis integrates previous didactic and clinical experiences

  • Many of our faculty continue to practice in clinical roles, so they remain up-to-date on clinical issues

  • 42 credit hours, including 560 clinical hours

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Watch Dr. Mary Lou Affronti, lead faculty for the program, to learn more about the #1 program in the country.

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