Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)

Meet the Program Director

Leslie WelchLeslie Welch Hopkins


Professor Hopkins is a board certified adult and family nurse practitioner who specializes in adult primary care and cardiovascular disease risk management and treatment. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1994 in a joint practice and academic role. Professor Hopkins has practiced in a variety of settings ranging from a rural family practice to an urban, indigent care clinic. Currently, she practices at the Vanderbilt Williamson County walk in clinics in Franklin and Spring Hill, TN. She has been instrumental in helping to develop the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Professor Hopkins works closely with the faculty to provide students with a broad base of adult primary care knowledge. She coordinates clinical rotations for students in a wide variety of settings in Tennessee and around the country.


Modified Class Schedule for Nurses and Non-Nurses

Whether you have a nursing background or not, you will complete your AG-PCNP specialty program through a modified learning (block) format that includes: (1) courses offered in concentrated blocks of time on campus up to four times per semester, (2) online conferencing and (3) distributed course delivery methods which allow for continued faculty contact between sessions.


Students are required to attend courses in concentrated blocks of time on campus, up to four times per semester over an extended weekend for approximately five days per block. Other lecture content will be delivered online in the form of recorded sessions which can be streamed or downloaded at the learner’s convenience. Clinical practicum placement is arranged in your home area provided a suitable agency and preceptor are available. Sites and preceptors are subject to Vanderbilt faculty approval. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request.


Students with a Background in Nursing
(ADN/Diploma RN, BSN, MSN)
The modified learning format provides flexibility for working nurses and others. Students need not relocate or give up their employment while completing their MSN at Vanderbilt.


Students without a Background in Nursing
Students who enter Vanderbilt School of Nursing without a nursing background are traditional students and are required to attend live weekly lectures and complete clinical hours in Nashville during their PreSpecialty year. In the following specialty year, the entire AG-PCNP program is delivered in a blocked format.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Faculty

The AG-PCNP program faculty at Vanderbilt School of Nursing are supportive and committed to assuring an excellent educational experience. Our faculty combine their diverse experiences, educational backgrounds, resources and professional alliances to create a program that fosters intellectual growth and clinical acumen.


Dual-Focus Program Expands Scope of Practice

Vanderbilt School of Nursing also offers a dual-focus Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program that expands the Scope of Practice for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. AG-PCNPs who also want to meet the unique health care needs of women often choose this dual certification. In addition to adult primary care, it addresses a range of women’s health issues including normal pregnancy, prenatal management, well-woman health care and menopause.