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About AGNP

The CCNE Accredited Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Master of Nursing program at Boise State prepares you to serve adult patients (from age 12 to end-of-life) as a nurse practitioner with a specialization in either acute care or primary care.

Online Course Delivery

Courses are taught online to maximize flexibility combined with three on-campus summer intensives (5-7 days) and four clinical rotations. View AGNP curriculum.

Preceptor Placement

Our full-time clinical placement coordinator works with you to identify preceptors in your own community.


The 2019-2020 tuition rate is $890 per credit hour for all students. There are no out-of-state fees. View more cost information.

Residency Requirement

Boise State’s AGNP program is available to registered nurses practicing in certain states

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Students are encouraged to contact their program advisor if relocating to another state, to inquire about whether restrictions set by State Boards of Nursing have changed.  Authorization or licensure rules vary state by state, and could impact a student’s ability to complete their program of study. View the Boise State eCampus Center information on State Authorization.

International Restrictions

If considering a move out of country, contact your program advisor.  The sanctions and restrictions for foreign countries are dynamic, and enrollments may require review by Boise State’s Institutional Compliance Office. View all application requirements.

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Why become an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner?

There is high demand for NPs with the education and certification to provide health care to adults. Career opportunities include positions at community health centers, private practice offices, long-term health facilities, hospice centers, correctional facilities, intensive care units, emergency departments, surgical units, and more.

As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) you will be positioned for leadership roles in the nursing profession and can anticipate enhanced flexibility and independence.

Primary Care vs. Acute Care Specializations

AGNP students may specialize in acute care or primary care in preparation for AGACNP or ACNPC-AG board certification.  The specialization selected will influence whether you practice in a hospital setting or a community or private practice setting. To better understand the distinctions in these settings and how they can also overlap, we encourage you to review the Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practice statement by the National Organization of  Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Review AGACNP (acute care) board certification requirements.
Review AGPCNP (primary care) board certification requirements

What Skills and Knowledge Will I Develop as an AGNP?

The AGNP program will prepare you for practice as a nurse practitioner. You will graduate prepared to:

  • perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations
  • diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries
  • manage chronic health problems
  • order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • prescribe medications and therapies
  • perform procedures such as suturing, biopsies, and chest tube insertions
  • educate and counsel patients and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and health care options

Program Objectives