Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP) assess, diagnose and manage acutely ill patients in hospital and hospital-to-clinic settings.

The advanced skills of the AGACNP may be used in emergency departments, intensive care units, intermediate care units and specialty clinics such as cardiology or neurology.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners focus on populations needing critical care and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, disability and/or injury.

Most course work is conducted online. The student is required to come to campus one time per semester during the three practicum courses to learn “hands on” skills.

This post graduate certificate is designed for nurses who already hold a Master's in Nursing degree. 

Students will be eligible to take the certification exam and assume leadership roles for the targeted populations.


First Year

Course Semester
509 - Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical Reasoning, and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan Fall
519 - Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan Fall
529 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan Spring

707 - Principles of Epidemiology & Health Promotion in Advanced Practice Nursing

512 - Roles & Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing Summer

Second Year

Course Semester
511 – Differential Diagnosis Fall
620 - Adult & Aging I Fall
622 - Adult & Aging II Spring

Third Year

Course Semester
632 - Acute Care Diagnostics & Therapeutics Fall
633 - Application Acute Care Diagnostics & Therapeutics Fall
637 - Acute Care I Spring
638 - Acute Care II Summer