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Jean Cefalu, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-C, CWOCN, CFCN, CNE
Coordinator of AGPCNP Concentration

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program resides in the School of Nursing at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.  The School of Nursing is one of six professional schools comprising the academic health sciences center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Louisiana State University system initiated nursing education in 1929, and the School of Nursing was established as a separate and autonomous school in December 1968.

The AGPCNP post-baccalaureate to DNP (BSN to DNP) program of study consists of 84 credit hour (including 3Ps – advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology).  The AGPCNP plan of study is developed, implemented, and will be revised based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (AACN, 2010), AACN DNP Essentials (AANC, 2006), and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Core Competencies (NONPF, 2014).

Students in this hybrid program will achieve the SON DNP program outcomes by building on the baccalaureate level adult gerontology nursing content and the student’s clinical experience.  This program prepares an AGPCNP at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced assessments and provide care to the entire adult to older adult age group and across the continuum of care from wellness to acute care.  In addition, this graduate will have knowledge regarding transitions between care settings and clinical experiences in a variety of settings.  The primary teaching-learning practices used in this program are adult-gerontology patient assessments, seminars, case studies/discussions, and acute, chronic, and long term care clinical practicums that focus on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of adult-gerontology patients. Students will provide patient-centered, evidence-based care and complete a scholarly inquiry project designed to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.



For further information about this program of study, please contact the program director, Jean Cefalu:

Phone Number: 504-568-4165
Email Address: jeric1@lsuhsc.edu