Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Online
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
Earn a certificate of advanced graduate study online
Nurses who earn the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) at UMass Dartmouth will have completed the required coursework and clinical experiences for certification as Adult-Gereontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) by the American Credentialing Center (ANCC). This program track consists of 24 total credit hours and 500 hours of faculty-supervised clinical hours. Eligible applicants have a masters degree or doctoral degree in nursing.
Sample plan of study with a total of 24 credits and 500 practicum hours. Grand total of 15 credits for licensed APRNs* and 24 credits for non-APRNs*. All classes are attended 100% remotely except for the two consecutive on-campus days each semester.
Fall Year 1
- NUR 550 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr) **
Spring Year 1
- NUR 553 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr) **
Fall Year 2
- NUR 552 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment (3 cr) **
Spring Year 2
- NUR 557 Introduction to Primary Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2 cr)
- NUR 558 Introduction to Primary Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse-Practicum (3 cr)
Fall Year 3
- NUR 656 Primary Care II for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2 cr)
- NUR 657 Primary Care II for the Advanced Practice Nurse-Practicum (3 cr)
Spring Year 3
- NUR 658 Chronic Illness Management (2 cr)
- NUR 659 Chronic Illness Management- Practicum (3 cr)
Prerequisites: Masters or doctoral degree in nursing
* Course requirements may be fulfilled with transfer credit at the discretion of the DNP Admissions Committee.
** Not required for licensed advanced practice nurses (APRNs) based on transcript review.
Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:
- Value and affordability of a UMass education
- One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
- Military friendly, with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
- Limited class size ensures individualized interaction with professors
Applicants to the CAGS program must:
- have either a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing
- provide evidence of the following graduate level coursework
- advanced pathophysiology
- advanced pharmacology
- physical assessment across the lifespan
- submit a 1-2 page statement of purpose
- submit resume
- submit official college transcripts
- Copy of active unencumbered RN license
- RN license must be from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and faculty-supervised clinical hours must occur in these states as well.
- Submit two references that document competence and leadership in professional nursing practice. If possible, one reference should be from a supervisor who is a professional nurse that holds a DNP and one from a nurse educator.
Pending a review of applicants’ prior coursework and with advising, these courses also may be taken as pre-requisites to the CAGS course plan.
Learning Style: Online
Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates. The majority of our online courses are taught asynchronously.