Careers: MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

November 07, 2021
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Over the next decade career opportunities for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse practitioner workforce will grow by 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages for nurse practitioners is $113,980. U.S. News & World Report names Nurse Practitioner as #7 on its list of 100 Best Jobs (#5 in Health Care).

The online MSN in Adult-Gero Primary Care NP (AGPC NP or AGNP) program at the University of Cincinnati offers the flexibility to work with adult and gerontological patients across their lifespan and in a wide range of industries. This career path is ideal for nurses dedicated to forming close relationships with their patients and acting as trusted healthcare advisors.

If you enjoy working directly with patients to make informed decisions and recommendations about their lifestyle and healthcare, or if you are interested in working with end-of-life patients to help alleviate suffering, the adult-gerontological nurse practitioner career may be a good fit.

What You Can do with a Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Degree

An Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner will work with patients age 13 through end of life. The role of an AGPC NP includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions seen in community-based settings including primary care and other specialties such as dermatology, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, etc.

Yet the scope of AGPC NP duties goes far beyond this. Working with adults and elderly patients, your responsibilities include building relationships with them to earn their trust and offer the highest possible quality care. You may need to monitor their health and conduct evaluations, perform annual checkups and educate patients on their diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.

Employment Opportunities: 

Due to the wide range of patients (age 13 through the elderly) and the diverse array of duties that are entrusted to an AGPC NP, you will find employment opportunities across the healthcare spectrum. Potential workplace settings for Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners include:

  • Private practice offices
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Prisons and jails
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Specialty clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Home care
  • College campuses or schools

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for nurse practitioners is $113,980.

By the numbers

“Nurse practitioners earned a median annual salary of $113,930 in May 2018. Salary expectations can increase with additional years of experience, higher levels of education and more specific certifications.”
Bureau of Labor Statistics
“Job opportunities for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 31% from 2016 to 2026, a figure much higher than the national average. With persistence and flexibility, adult-gerontological nurse practitioners can expect to find employment across the United States for the coming decade.”
 Bureau of Labor Statistics
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“As a mom of four children, a flexible online education was the best choice. I chose the University of Cincinnati because it allowed me to set up my clinicals close to home. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The faculty made time to meet with me one-on-one using Skype and I could schedule time with proctors for my tests.”

Wendi R.
MSN Nurse Midwifery

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