Nursing (MSN-AGPCNP), Master of Science Degree - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Program Location
Distance Education/Online
Program Credits
49 Credits
Program Length

5 Trimesters, 80 Instructional Weeks

8 Trimesters, 128 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete
20 Months or 32 Months

*Program length may vary. WCU distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses, and may not be available to residents in all states.    

Clinical Hour Requirement:  this track requires a total of 500 precepted clinical hours.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) graduate will be ready to lead as an advanced practice nurse in health-related service to diverse populations.  The focus of the AGPCNP is the management of common acute and chronic health care problems from late adolescence through older adulthood.  

College of Nursing Mission:

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Purpose:

The Adult-Gerontology Care Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a Registered Nurse educated at the Master's level as a nurse practitioner. The focus for the AGPCNP is to provide primary care to individuals across the adult age spectrum from late adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, AGPCNPs are prepared to provide comprehensive end of life care to adults. The AGPCNP is educated to provide high quality, continual and comprehensive wellness and illness care to adults by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management and illness prevention. The AGPCNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual needs. The AGPCNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. AGPCNP delivers care may include community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, health maintenance organizations, Veteran's Administration facilities, Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) units, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, acute and chronic rehabilitation centers, urgent care and emergency departments.

MSN-AGPCNP Curriculum-Online

A student in the MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at West Coast University participates in two (2) On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends.  The OSI brings students to campus to learn, practice and demonstrate essential hands-on skills and competencies needed by nurse practitioners.  

MSN Core

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice


NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare


NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare


NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning


NURS 540Research Utilization


NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Total Credit Hours:18


NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN


NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN


NURS 679Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory


NURS 679L-APrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I


NURS 679L-BPrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II


NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN


NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse


NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I


NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II


NURS 684Primary Care Women's Health: Theory


NURS 684LPrimary Care Women's Health: Practicum


NURS 691ACulminating Experience I


NURS 691BCulminating Experience II


Total Credit Hours:31.0

Total Credit Hours: 49.0

Program Credit Distribution

MSN with Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track


Core Nursing Semester Credits:



Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track Semester Credits:



Total Program Semester Credits:



MSN with Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track Program Costs

For program costs, please see the Graduate Tuition and Fees section.