DNP - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Introducing our Adult-Gerontology Program!

This program, launched in Summer 2021, is designed for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) or a master's degree in nursing seeking the DNP degree and preparation as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). AGPCNPs provide acute, chronic, and preventative health services to patients from adolescence through old age. Students in the DNP-AGPCNP program receive advanced training in geriatric and palliative care. 

Addressing a Critical Need

There is a critical need for primary care providers with expertise in geriatrics and palliative care due to a shortage across the nation, but especially in the Pacific Northwest region.

Estimates from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the West Region of the U.S. show that there is higher demand for geriatric primary care nurse practitioners than supply currently meets. In Oregon, only 3% of nurse practitioners currently hold their certification in adult/geriatric primary care (HRSA, 2017). Our DNP-AGPCNP program will serve an important role in addressing the nationwide, regional, and local shortages.


Program Information


Program Highlights

  • 1,000 hours of clinical experience
  • Intentionally small cohorts that allow for personalized attention from faculty
  • Only program of its kind in the state of Oregon
  • Advanced training in geriatrics
  • Focus on palliative care
  • Option to add a focus on integrative health (4 credits)
  • Practice independently in a variety of adult-gerontology primary care health environments
  • Translate best evidence into practice
  • Demonstrate leadership in macro and micro health care systems 
  • Proactively strive for social justice
    • Actively address health disparities
    • Function with cultural humility as practitioners who relate effectively with diverse and underserved individuals, families and populations

Admission Information

  • The application to begin the DNP-AGPCNP program in summer (May) 2023 is available.
  • No library, technology, application or distance learning fees.
  • Inquire about our Providence Employee tuition discount.
  • Applications for summer 2023 are open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the following deadline:
    • April 1, 2023

Contact Us

Interested in the DNP-AGPCNP program? Looking for more information?

  • Email the School of Nursing & Health Innovations at 
  • Call the School of Nursing & Health Innovations at 503.943.7211


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ELNEC Project Reaches Milestone with One Million Nurses Trained in End-of-Life Care

The University of Portland School of Nursing partnered with End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) to provide undergraduate and doctorate students with a palliative care education through ELNEC's online curriculum. It is a valuable asset not only with the School of Nursing, but nationwide!

The University of Portland’s DNP - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program meets the state educational requirements for AGPCNP licensure in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida. The University of Portland has not determined whether the program meets the AGPCNP licensure requirements for other states but can do so on a case by case basis. Please contact Stacey Boatright at if you have questions about a state not listed above.

The University of Portland is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the DNP-AGPCNP program.