Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)


The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) 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 AGPCNPs, advanced practice nurses, to assess and manage adult health and common acute and chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS. Our AGPCNPs emphasize prevention, wellness, and patient education in all patient interactions.

The patient population of focus for the AGPCNP includes adolescents, young to middle age adults and older adults. Our AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP works in collaboration with other members of the health care team.

AGPCNP 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

Read more about the training of our nurse practitioners in the Science of Caring:

Interested in a clinical rotation with patients with chronic mental health disorders?
Check out our community-based Interprofessional Primary Care Outreach for People with Mental Illness faculty practice at the web site.


The AGPCNP MS Specialty Area Director/Coordinator is Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAAN; the Post-MS Coordinator is Miranda Surjadi, ANP-BC, MS, AGNP.

AGPCNP MS Specialty Area Options

AGPCNP Post-Master's Options

Post-Master's Studies - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).  The AGPCNP program offers a Post-Master's certificate for nurses who have completed a master's degree in nursing. This customized special studies program provides education and clinical training in the AGPCNP role. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for BRN certification and national certification.

Interested applicants should contact the Post Master’s Specialty Coordinator, Miranda Surjadi, ANP-BC, MS, AGNP, to discuss the Post Master's AGPCNP option and request an application.

Career Opportunities

AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP 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. Practice-based learning experiences provide the student with opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills in their role as primary care provider.

The AGPCNP 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. Our program requires a minimum of 570 clinical residency hours. Summer session clinical residencies are available. The 2nd summer session is required for all AGPCNP generalist and AGPCNP HIV-AIDS students.


The AGPCNP curriculum offers students the flexibility to take a minor if desired. For information, click on the minor of interest:


  • AGPCNP Curriculum (2016-17, subject to change): PDF iconAGPCNP and AGPCNP HIV Curriculum 2016-2017 Revised November 11, 2016.pdf
  • There will be a REQUIRED Advanced Health Assessment Skills lab before the official start date in September 2017. The dates are September 9, 11, 14, 18, and 20; all of these days should be held. Furthermore, all students will be REQUIRED to attend MS orientation and the AGPCNP orientation. This will likely be held the week of September 18, 2017. Matriculated students should not make any vacation, wedding, or work plans during this time.

  • Due to the current significant delays in processing licensure paperwork at the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), if you are planning to apply for endorsement (reciprocity) into California as an RN from another state, U.S. Territory, or Canada, we highly recommend you submit your RN application to the BRN as soon as you find out the status of your acceptance into the program.


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

Certification Eligibility

AGPCNP 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:

AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP primary certification examination information can be found at:

The current AANP AGPCNP certification examination can be found at:

For general information about the 2008 advanced practice nursing model of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, please visit: