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

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • AGPCNP - Occupational/Environmental Health Focus  Note: students with an interest in rehabilitation nursing, disabilities, orthopedics, pulmonary/allergy, dermatology, workers, cancer prevention, or environmental safety (list not exhaustive) should consider applying to this specialty.

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.


  • AGPCNP Curriculum (2018-19, subject to change): AGPCNP and AGPCNP HIV Curriculum 2018-2019.pdf
  • There will be a REQUIRED Advanced Health Assessment Skills lab before the official start date in September. The dates have not yet been confirmed. Until they are, hold every Monday-Saturday in the month of September beginning the day after Labor Day. There are also additional Thursdays during the Fall quarter that you will need to hold to participate in three additional labs with our health educators.

  • All students are REQUIRED to attend MS orientation and the AGPCNP orientation. This means matriculated students should not make any vacation, wedding, or work plans in the timeframe listed above.

  • For those students who will be working while attending the AGPCNP Program we advise that you work no more than half-time (16-20 hours per week). Any students working greater than this amount are at high risk for clinical or academic performance concerns that could significantly impact your ability to be successful. You will need to work around your class and clinical preceptor’s schedule so flexibility is imperative.

  • 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.

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:

Department: Community Health Systems

Coordinator: Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nationally recognized faculty members serve as mentors and academic advisers. NP faculty are active in clinical practice, research, and public service.
Gerri Collins-Bride, RN, ANP-BC, MS, FAAN
Nicole Collman, RN, ANP, CNS
Sandra Domeracki, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, COHN-S
Dana Drew-Nord, RN, ANP-BC, PhD
Karen Hill, PhD, MSN, ANP-C
Helen Horvath, RN, ANP-BC, MS
Mary McQuilkin, MPH, MSN, BSN 
Yoonmee Joo, PhD, ANP, RN
Linda Park, RN, PhD, FNP
Amanda Peacock, DNP, AGPCNP-C
Caroline Stephens, RN, PhD, GNP
Miranda Surjadi, RN, ANP-BC, MS
Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Natalie Wilson, PhD, DNP, ANP-BC, MPH, MSN, AAHIVS