The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program prepares students for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through certification agencies such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and licensure as a nurse practitioner by the State Board of Nursing. The adult gerontology program has two separate tracks—acute care or primary care. The acute care track prepares graduates to test for the AGNP-acute care certification and the primary care track prepares graduates to test for the AGNP-primary care certification. Note: Certification is available for graduates with a Master’s or Doctorate in Nursing as an advanced practice nurse.
Students in both the acute and primary care tracks will specialize in care of adults with a focus on older adults. Students in the acute care track will focus on diagnosis and treatment of patients in the acute care setting and clinical experiences will occur in acute care settings. Students in the primary care track will focus on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in the ambulatory setting and clinical experience occur in primary care settings. This program is offered primarily via distance education with three on-site experiences on the Boise State University campus. Clinical experiences are arranged in collaboration with the student, and ideally, students are placed in the communities where they reside (this may not be available in select states).