Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) is a Registered Nurse educated at the Master’s level with expertise in the care for the entire adults including young adults (emancipated minors & late adolescents) adults, and older adult (young-old and old-old adult) population who have both acute and chronic health needs.


The AG-PCNP provides advanced nursing care across the adult age continuum in providing direct health care services that incorporate assessment, management, health promotion, protection, and disease prevention. The AG-PCNP performs comprehensive health assessments, order and interpret the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and procedures, use differential diagnosis to reach a medical diagnosis, construct and order a plan of care, and evaluate the outcomes of interventions for adult geriatric patients.


The AG-PCNP educational preparation focuses on restorative care, social support, physical and mental health status as well as assessing the impact of family, community and living environment of adults. The AG-PCNP educational process includes the stabilization of individuals, minimizing physical and psychological complications and maximizing individual health and/or end-of-life management.

Key elements of the (AG-PCNP) include:

  • Advanced Clinical Expertise
  • Development Of Differential Diagnoses
  • Use Of Medical Diagnostic Reasoning To Formulate The Plan Of Care
  • Order And Prescription Of Pharmacologic And Other Therapeutic Therapy
  • Planning And Management Of Patient Care Across The Adult Care Continuum
  • Evidence-Based And Research-Based Clinical Practice
  • Advocacy Or Patient Agency
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Promotion Of Health/Prevention
  • Palliative/End-Of-Life Care


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Melodee Harris, PhD, RN, APRN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Assistant Professor Specialty Coordinator, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty
Phone: 501-603-1413