School of Nursing

MS in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The  Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GPCNP) concentration prepares an advanced practice nurse who functions as a primary care practitioner to adolescents, adults, and older adults  in the context of families, groups, and communities. 

Graduates who complete this concentration are eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

The A-GPCNP concentration is four to six academic semesters in length for students taking nine to fifteen credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 55 credit hours are required for completion of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration.

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner concentration has a total of 616 clinical hours: 168 hours in clinical semester one, 224 hours in clinical semester two, and 224 hours in clinical semester three.

Graduate Program Policies

Application Deadlines
    • Spring semester admission–October 1
    • Fall semester admission–April 1
Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Science degree program in nursing is on a competitive basis. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing.
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average.
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment.
  • Test Scores: MAT or GRE taken with five years of application submission
    • Miller Analogy Test (MAT): A score that ranks in the 45th percentile or higher for intended major.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Taken prior to August 1, 2011 - combined aptitude scores of 1,000 (V.Q.) or higher.
    • Taken after August 1, 2011 - a verbal reasoning score of 153 or higher; a quantitative reasoning score of 147 or higher; and, a minimum of 4.0 on the analytic writing sample.
  • Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language).
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Current resume.
  • A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.
Application material

In addition to the materials described on the USM Graduate Admissions General  Application Instructions page, applicants for this program must submit:

  • Completed program selection form
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine

Please develop a 500 word essay which addresses the following topics:

    1. Your understanding of the nurse practitioner role and your reasons for becoming a nurse practitioner.
    2. Your professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science degree.
    3. The experiences, capacity and abilities that you bring to a master’s program. 


      Additional application information and forms are available on the Graduate Admissions web page


Sample: Full-Time Student - 4 Semesters (55 Credits)

FALL I

NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 604 Nursing Research

Total Credits 13

SPRING I

GRN 501 Transitions and Health in Aging (offered online through UM)
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, & Role
NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women's Health in Primary Care
NUR 664 Primary Health Care of the Adult I
NUR 667 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I

Total Credits 14

Summer I

GRN 502 Interventions for Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (online through UM)

Total Credits 3

FALL II

NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal SkillsNUR 635 (course under development)
NUR 665 Primary Health Care of the Adult II
NUR 668 Clinical Practicum & Seminar II
500/600 Elective

Total Credits  15

SPRING II

NUR 658 Clinical Project
NUR 666 Primary Health Care of the Adult III
NUR 669 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
NUR 690 Role Seminar

Total Credits 10

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Sample: Full-Time Student - 6 Semesters (55-58 Credits)

FALL I

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment

Total Credits 10

SPRING I

NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, & Role
500/600 Elective

Total Credits 9

FALL II

NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal Skills
NUR 658 Clinical Project

Total Credits 9

SPRING II

GRN 501 Life Transitions and Health in Aging (online through UM)
NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women's Health in Primary Care
NUR 664 Primary Health Care of the Adult I
NUR 667 Clinical Practicum & seminar I 

Total Credits  11

Summer II

GRN 502 Interventions for Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (online through UM)

Total credits 3

FALL III

NUR 665 Primary Health Care of the Adult II
NUR 668 Clinical Practicum & Seminar II
500/600 Elective (if required)

Total Credits  9

SPRING III

NUR 666 Primary Health Care of the Adult III
NUR 669 Clinical Practicum & Seminar III
NUR 690 Role Seminar

Total Credits 7

Deadline: April 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission

Admission Information and Links:

Information Sessions about this program are held on a regular basis

USM Office of Graduate Admissions