Advanced Certificate-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


Offered through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

Dr. Lenore LamannaProgram Overview

The Advanced Certificate Program offers the Masters or Doctorally prepared nurse the ability to continue graduate education to specialize in another clinical area. This Advanced Certificate Program reflects state and national requirements for certification, as well as national trends. This provides the student with eligibility to apply for New York State Certification as well as national certification in their specialty. The Advanced Certificate Program clinical specialties include Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Program credit requirements may vary depending upon program and previous graduate course level work.


Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences to improve nursing care across diverse settings. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate leadership by collaborating and consulting with key stakeholders in the design, coordination and evaluation of patient care outcomes. (Essential II)
  • Apply quality and safety principles within an organization to be an effective leader and change agent. (Essential III)
  • Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and interprofessional perspectives to improve practice and health outcomes for patient aggregates. (Essential IV)
  • Ethically utilize data, information and appropriate technology to evaluate and achieve optimal health outcomes. (Essential V)
  • Demonstrate political efficacy and competence to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes of populations. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems. (Essential VII)
  • Synthesize ecological, global and social determinants of health to design and deliver culturally relevant clinical prevention interventions and strategies. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate behaviors of professional engagement and lifelong learning. (Essential IX)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application which includes a personal essay
  • Maintenance of a current, unencumbered RN license for state or country of clinical practice
  • Master's  or Doctoral degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Unofficial transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • Minimum of one year recent relevant experience (preferred)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Three online letters of recommendation
  • Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Meet Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

Additional Requirements Upon Admission

  • NP Student Malpractice Insurance Required
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • Technology Requirements

Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for transfer equivalency credits by an accredited evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES) 

Graduates from this program will be eligible for certification and registration as a nurse practitioner by New York State Education Department and are also eligible for National Certification as ​an Adult/Gerontology-Primary Care NP. 

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing reserves the right to change admission and program criteria to meet prevailing accreditation, regulatory and registration requirements. 

Process for Clinical Experiences

The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement.

Course Progression Policy


The credits needed to complete the Advanced Certificate Program reflect state and national requirements for certification, as well as national trends. The credits reflect the precepted clinical hours necessary to complete the Advanced Certificate. 

Graduates of Stony Brook's graduate nursing programs will not be required to make up credits for courses already taken within the School of Nursing. A minimum of 19 credits is required for the certificate. Any student, however, may be required to take additional credits upon the recommendation of the faculty by advisement.

Graduation Requirements   Credits
HNG 519 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Adult-Gerontology Across the Continuum I 4
HNG 529 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Adult-Gerontology Across the Continuum II 5
HNG 539 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nursing I 5
HNG 549 Advanced Theory & Clinical Practice in Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nursing II 5
  19 (minimum)
Graduation Requirements By Individual Advisement (Gap Analysis)
HNH 503 Organizational Leadership and Role Transformation 3
HNH 504 Quality Improvement, Safety, and Health Care Technologies 3
HNH 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy 2
HNG 515 Advanced Health Assessment 3
HNG 540 Clinical Pharmacology 3
HNG 588 Clinical Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Students are prepared to sit for the following national certification exams:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

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