Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exam is computer-based, and consists of a total of 175 questions. Of the 175 questions, 150 items are scored. The exam is 3 hours in length.

Examinees who have conditions covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can request special accommodations, such as extended testing time and additional breaks.

What domains, knowledge areas, and procedures are covered on this exam?

The questions on this exam focus on three domains:

  • Patient Assessment Process – 34 Questions (23%)
  • Plan of Care – 93 Questions (62%)
  • Professional Practice – 23 Questions (15%)

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The knowledge areas of these questions include health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic communication, clinical decision-making, differential diagnosis, pharmacologic therapies, community resources, legal and ethical issues, principles of risk management, and pain management.

The procedures addressed in these questions include skin lesion removal, wound management, incision and drainage, splinting, pulmonary function testing and office spirometry, long-term hormonal implantation, and suturing.

What is the most convenient way to register for this exam?

Online registration is the most convenient way. You can pay using a major credit card or personal check. If you do not have access to online registration, you can do so via a paper application, which incurs an additional fee. Processing time is typically 2-4 weeks.

What is the cost of the exam?

There are a variety of prices offered depending on certain memberships and status:

  • American Nurses Association members must pay $295
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners members must pay $340
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners student members must pay $290
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) members must pay $340
  • Non-members must pay $395

What are the testing dates and locations?

Once your registration has been approved, you will receive an email stating that your 120-day testing window is open, and that you can schedule your exam.

Testing is continuously offered at various sites in the United States and Canada.

What should I do the day of the exam?

Arrive at the testing center on time. Being late will prevent you from taking the exam as scheduled.

Be sure to bring two valid, non-expired forms of identification with you. Your primary form of identification must include your name, signature, and photo. A passport and driver’s license can be used as forms of primary ID.

The second form of identification must have your name and signature. A credit card or social security card can be used as a secondary form of ID.

Personal items such as food/drink, briefcase, cell phone, and coat are not allowed in the testing area.

What happens after I take the exam?

You will receive an unofficial report at the testing center that tells you if you have passed or failed the exam. If you pass the exam, within two weeks of your score being released, you will receive your official score report, as well as your certificate, wallet card, and lapel pin.

What happens if I do not pass the exam?

You are permitted to take the exam up to three times in a calendar year.

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