Certificate Programs

Adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner certificate program 

The Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program is designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced clinical preparation as an adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner.

Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of health and illness in adult and older-adult populations. Graduates will be prepared to provide primary, advanced nursing care to well adults/elders; acutely and chronically ill adults/elders; and frail, older persons in community or institutional settings. 

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the program. Whenever possible, clinical experience will be arranged near the student's place of residence.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will be eligible for certification as an adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner in New York state and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Curriculum

Below is a sample curriculum plan for the Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program (download a printer-friendly version). Use this plan in conjunction with the post-master's nurse practitioner curriculum worksheet (see section for Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) to plan your course sequence.

Students are also encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information or contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office.

Year 1, fall semester

Clinical hours

Credits

NURS 502: Concepts in Health Assessment for Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

60

3

NURS 518: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

 

3

Semester total

60 6
Year 1, spring semester
Clinical hours Credits

NURS 511: Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practice I

60

3

NURS 514: Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Role I

120

4

NURS 519: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Clinical Practice

 

3

Semester total

180 10
Year 2, fall semester
Clinical hours
Credits

NURS 512: Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practice II

60

3

NURS 554: Family/Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role II

120

4

Semester total

180 7
Year 2, spring semester
Clinical hours Credits

NURS 513: Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practice III

120

3

NURS 555: Family/Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role III

120

4

Semester total

240 7

TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

660

30

Application criteria

A complete listing of application criteria for this certificate program is presented on the Certificate Programs General Information webpage.

Students holding an MS degree in nursing may enroll in the post-graduate adult-gerontological nurse practitioner program. Depending on prior educational preparation, several course requirements may be eligible for waiver by the graduate nursing program director with the submission of official transcripts reflecting successful completion of previous coursework (grade of B or better) and related supporting course syllabi. Review Decker's policy on transferring graduate credit in the Graduate Student Handbook.

NOTE: Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to this program.

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.