Careers: MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Careers: MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
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Over the next decade career opportunities for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse practitioner workforce will grow by 40 percent from 2021 to 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages for nurse practitioners is $120,680. U.S. News & World Report names Nurse Practitioner as #1 on its list of 100 Best Health Care Jobs, #1 on its list of Best STEM Jobs, and #1 on its list of 100 Best Jobs.

The online MSN in Adult-Gero Primary Care NP (AGPCNP 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 an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Degree

An Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner will work with patients age 13 through end of life. The role of an AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP 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 AGPCNP, you will find employment opportunities across the healthcare spectrum. Potential workplace settings for Adult-Gerontology 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 $120,680.

Graduates earning their MSN AGPCNP have the potential to move on to successful careers in various roles. Below you’ll find data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports job outlook and salaries based on national data.

The careers listed below are examples of employment and wages within the nurse practitioner field. Salaries and job titles may vary depending on previous career experience, place of employment and the state you reside in. An MSN AGPCNP degree from UC allows you to pursue specialty areas such as:

  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology*
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology

* For more information on the oncology specialty for AGPCNPs, read our AGPCNP with Oncology Specialty: What to Know blog.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Nurse Practitioners $126,260 9%