Program overview

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Post-Master’s Certificate program prepares students to be primary care providers for the adult population. You will learn valuable skills to help you empower your patients on their journey to live the best quality of life. The AGPCNP post-master’s certificate program is intended for those who already have a master’s degree in nursing and want to add a certificate to their credentials to be able to expand their practice in a different specialty. Courses are offered 100% online. An in-person residency may be required. 

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Program requirements

Upon acceptance, a gap analysis will take place to determine the student's academic plan. This is a comprehensive review of all prior graduate coursework including course descriptions, objectives and topical outlines. The purpose of the review is to find gaps in the required criteria for the student to be eligible to sit for the nurse practitioner certification exam. Curriculum will include online classes focused on the student's desired concentration as well as clinical placements.

Designed to fit your life

You need a program that works with your busy life. Rider’s post-master’s certificate program offers flexible 100% online courses. Individual plans of study are finalized upon admission after a gap analysis of prior graduate course work, clinical hours, licensure with prescriptive authority, and NP certifications are reviewed. We’re ready when you are.

Three Convenient Application Deadlines

  • Fall Aug. 15
  • Spring Dec. 1
  • Summer May 1
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CCNE accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rider University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

CCNE Accredited

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Why choose Rider?

  • 100% online courses 
  • Supportive faculty who will evaluate your previous credentials to determine courses needed for your chosen path
  • Flexibility to complete your clinical hours in a time frame that works best for you
  • Faculty find and coordinate optimal clinical placements 
  • Earn your certification in as little as four semesters
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University partnerships

Rider University is proud to partner with Capital Health and give back to healthcare workers by offering a tuition discount and additional benefits to eligible employees. Other partners include The State of New Jersey, Penn Medicine Princeton Health (through the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber), Woods Services and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. 


Lori Prol

Associate Professor, Director of Nursing Programs

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

lprol [at]


Academic Focus: Nursing

Department of Health Sciences and Nursing

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