Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Post-Professional Certificate is designed for graduate prepared Nurse Practitioners (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who are seeking to expand their roles via nurse practitioner certification in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. The curriculum prepares nurse practitioners to function as generalist, principal providers of care for adults and older adults with acute, critical and complex chronic health problems across the continuum of acute care services.

AG-ACNP students may choose a clinical emphasis in cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, trauma emergency preparedness or directed study.  The directed study allows students to design clinical experiences around a particular area of interest (i.e. internal medicine, general surgery). The curriculum consists of NP and AG-ACNP specialty courses and clinical practice hours.

Graduates of the AG-ACNP Post-Professional Certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  Successful passing of the national certification examination entitles the graduate to apply for certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Curriculum Format

  • Course work may be completed  in 3 terms
  • 540 clinical hours**
  • Online or onsite
  • Students are required to attend 2 onsite laboratory intensives – 2 days in the Summer term and 1 day in the Fall term.  Each student will be responsible for the room and board cost during the lab intensives.
  • Online students will need to arrange for clinical placements and appropriate physician or nurse practitioner preceptors. An Affiliation Agreement between the University and the clinical site is required before clinical hours can begin.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the AG-ACNP Post-Professional Certificate are prepared to accomplish the following:

  • Assume responsibility for promoting, maintaining and restoring health to acutely/critically or complex chronically ill adults and older adults
  • Identify health risks, promote wellness, and diagnosis and manage acute and chronic illness
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary research and provide leadership in mobilizing health services

Admission Criteria

  • Valid registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences are performed
  • Minimum of one year nursing experience recommended
  • BSN required
  • Previous MS, MSN or DNP as a NP or CNS (from accredited program (ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE)
  • GPA ≥ 3.0 in the MS, MSN or DNP degree
  • Pre-admission interview
  • Complete online application
  • International applicants: see and
  • Spring Term Admission Only

Courses with a "D" can be  delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438

Curriculum (subject to change):

  • NUR 2044 Graduate Orientation 0 cr. 
  • NURNP 2100/2100D* Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Theory 4 cr.
  • NURNP 2101 Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Clinical 3 cr.**
  • NUR 2680/2680D* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr. 
  • NURNP 2104/2104D* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Critically Ill Adult 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2526/2526D* Management of Geriatric Health 2 cr.
  • NURNP 2102/2102D* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Critically Ill Adult 2 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2028 NP Role Practicum 3 cr. **

#One of the following: 3 cr. each

  • NURNP 2105 # Clinical Emphasis  Cardiopulmonary 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2106 # Clinical Emphasis  Critical Care 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2107 # Clinical Emphasis  Oncology 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2109 # Clinical Emphasis  Directed Study 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2194 # Clinical Emphasis  Trauma Emergency Preparedness 3 cr.
  • Total Credits: 24 cr.
  • Successful completion of the AG-ACNP Specialty Comprehensive Exam is required

** Dependent on the individual’s previous role, population of patients and years of experience, up to 300 clinical hours may be completed through the option of credit by course examination.”  

The total credits required will vary based on evaluation of the student’s previous coursework. Additional coursework may be required and/or credit may be given for previous coursework that meets the core curriculum requirements.

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