May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner [Post-Master’s Certificate]


The Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to meet the needs of the community for health care providers/nurses with advanced practice knowledge and skill. Graduates will be prepared to lead and serve in the following capacities: primary care providers, educators, change agents, outcomes managers, and consultants within the healthcare system.

The goal of the Post-Masters Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate is to provide an avenue for graduate-prepared nurses (i.e., those already holding an MSN) to transition to a Nurse Practitioner role. This program ensures that graduates are well educated across the continuum from wellness through acute care as required by national accrediting agencies. At the end of this program, the graduate nurse will be eligible to sit for national certification examinations required for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and subsequently be eligible for state licensure as a nurse practitioner.

Program Admission


Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Documentation of an earned Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Have at least a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) college GPA. (Applicants may seek conditional admission with a GPA of 2.75).
  • Have a current unrestricted license to practice as a professional registered nurse in the U.S or eligibility to obtain a Michigan license.
  • Have completed an approved basic statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics within the last 10 years.

Additionally, the following documents are required and must be submitted with the application.

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur (Applicants who are eligible for a license may apply for conditional admission)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A two to three-page (< 500 words) personal statement that describes your desire and preparedness for becoming an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, your future plans, and your professional goals. Essays will be evaluated based on fit with our program, the ability to express yourself, the degree of scholarly content, spelling, grammar, and use of the current American Psychological Association style.
  • Syllabi for non-EMU courses that meet seven (7) pre-requisite courses.

***All documents above should be submitted with the application, along with any transcript from other universities or colleges previously attended.

Gap Analysis

Students pursuing the Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner will be required to submit transcripts, syllabi, and verification of clinical hours (if requesting AGPCNP clinical hours’ accommodation) from their previous MSN programs.

A gap analysis will be conducted to ensure that all prerequisites for the certificate program are met within their prior MSN coursework. The purpose of the gap analysis will be to evaluate students’ prior coursework against current standards. Specifically, students will be required to have completed the following courses or equivalents with a “B” or better within the last ten years (pharmacology within the last five years).

The Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing under special circumstances may grant equivalency if substantial evidence is provided that an individual has met the competency for a particular course.

Application Process

The university takes an average of 2-3 weeks to make admission decisions. Therefore, the response time from the School of Nursing may be longer depending upon submission date and application deadlines.

Acceptance Process

In addition to the School of Nursing Graduate Admission processes, all acceptance offers will include the Gap Analysis and Summary of Requirements.

School Information


Nursing 309 Marshall, 734.487.2310

Michael L. Williams, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNE, Director

Jennifer Avery, PhD, RN, Associate Director of Graduate Studies 

Advisor Information


Deanna Kowaleski, MA, Admissions & Advising Specialist, 311 Marshall, 734.487.6599

Jennifer Avery, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, 318M Porter, 734.487.7676

Degree Requirements: 19 hours


Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Graduate Certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years of first enrollment in a course applicable to the certificate. Dually enrolled students (certificate and master’s program) must complete both degrees within six years of first enrollment in the master’s degree. 

In the event a student does not complete the graduate certificate degree requirements within three years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all graduate certificate degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A graduate certificate must require a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement - 
    • For students admitted to a graduate certificate program, at least nine graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the program must be earned at EMU. Students completing multiple certificate programs must have a minimum of 9 unique credit hours per certificate.
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.