Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)


The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) specialty program is in the Department of Community Health Systems (DCHS), whose mission is to promote and sustain health in the community and workplace, with particular emphasis on culturally diverse and high-risk populations. In light of this aim, DCHS NP faculty members prepare AGNPs, advanced practice nurses, to assess and manage adult health and common acute and chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS. Our AGNPs emphasize prevention, wellness, and patient education in all patient interactions.

The patient population of focus for the AGNP includes adolescents, young to middle age adults and older adults. Our AGNP graduates practice in community and hospital-based primary care clinics, in patient’s homes, in sub-acute/skilled nursing facilities, and in long-term care settings. The AGNP works in collaboration with other members of the health care team.

(Read more about the training of our nurse practitioners in the Science of Caring:
Training nurse practitioners and physicians for the next generation of primary care)

AGNP specialty coursework and supervised clinical experiences emphasize:

  • patient-centered, evidence-based practice
  • interprofessional, team-based clinical training
  • advocacy for vulnerable, high-risk adult populations
  • nursing leadership in improving the quality and safety of health care systems


HIV/AIDS management content is fully integrated into the general curriculum of the AGNP program. Students who wish to more deeply concentrate on HIV/AIDS primary care can apply to participate in the HIV/AIDS Focus. The focus comprises additional course work and clinical residencies in settings that provide HIV/AIDS primary care.

The UCSF School of Nursing has strong relationships with the Bay Area's leading providers of HIV/AIDS care, including the UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86 (the world's first dedicated AIDS outpatient clinic), Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and the East Bay AIDS Center. These partnerships connect HIV/AIDS Focus students to internationally recognized leaders in the fields of HIV/AIDS research, treatment, and health-care delivery. Students in the HIV/AIDS Focus have clinical experiences in these organizations and others that serve people living with HIV/AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS Focus has been developed by UCSF SON faculty in partnership with the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (Grant #: H4HA26223).

(See the HIV/AIDS Focus page.)

AGNP MS Specialty Options

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Occupational/Environmental Health Focus(AGNP-OEH, see OEH specialty area page)

AGNP Post-MS Options

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Career Opportunities

AGNP graduates are currently employed in community and hospital-based primary care clinics, specialty clinics, nurse managed health centers, public health departments, private medical practices, worksite-based health clinics, state and county correctional facilities, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, sub-acute/skilled nursing facilities and long term care settings.

Academic Program

A full time program is completed in two years. The Graduate Core Curriculum serves students from all specialty areas. It provides advanced knowledge in nursing theory and research, population health principles, evidence-based practice, leadership and socio-cultural issues. Programs with advanced practice role preparation include health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. The AGNP specialty courses emphasize adult health maintenance and promotion; and assessment and management of adults with common health problems including the care of persons with multiple chronic conditions. HIV/AIDS content on HIV prevention, policy and systems of care, pharmacology, and clinical management is included in both the Graduate Core Curriculum and AGNP specialty courses. Practice-based learning experiences provide the student with opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills in their role as primary care provider.

The AGNP program faculty identify and coordinate clinical training residencies for students in a variety of settings, such as, at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), San Francisco Department of Public Health, Veterans Administration, Kaiser Permanente, long-term care facilities, worksite occupational health clinics, and private practices. HIV clinical training takes place at UCSF, the East Bay AIDS Center and the Veterans Administration. A minimum of 540 clinical residency hours are required for California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) certification. Optional summer session clinical residencies are available.


The AGNP curriculum offers students the flexibility to take a minor if desired (see the MS Minors overview page for a listing).

AGNP Post Masters Program

The AGNP program offers a Post-Master's certificate for nurses who have completed a master's degree in nursing. This special studies program provides education and clinical training in the AGNP role. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for BRN certification and national certification.

Interested applicants should contact the Specialty Director to discuss the Post Master's AGNP option and request an application.


Nationally recognized faculty members serve as mentors and academic advisers. NP faculty are active in clinical practice, research, and public service.

  • Barbara Burgel
  • Gerri Collins-Bride
  • Dana Drew-Nord
  • Chris Fox
  • Susan Janson
  • Barbara Newlin
  • JoAnne Saxe
  • Suzan Stringari-Murray

Certification Eligibility

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for certification as an NP through the California Board of Registered Nursing (no examination required). Information can be found on the California BRN website:

AGNP specialty track graduates will also be eligible for national board certification through the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The current ANCC AGNP primary certification examination information can be found at:

The current AANP AGNP primary care certification examination can be found at:

For general information about the new advanced practice model structure, please visit:


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