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 comes to campus one time per semester during the four practicum courses to learn “hands on” skills.

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


First Year

Course Semester
500 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice Fall
710 - Biostatistics Fall
726 - Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice Spring
759 - Information Systems & Technology for Transformation of Health Care Spring
512 - Roles & Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing Summer

Second 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 Spring
815 - Organizational Management & Leadership in Health Care Systems Summer

Third Year

Course Semester
580 - AGACNP Theory I Fall
581 - AGACNP Practicum I Fall
582 - AGACNP Theory II Spring
583 - AGACNP Practicum II Spring

Fourth Year

Course Semester
584 - AGACNP Theory III Fall
585 - AGACNP Practicum III Fall
586 - AGACNP Practicum IV Spring
712 - Principles of Gerontology in Advanced Practice Nursing Spring