Wayne State University

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP) graduate certificate will allow advanced practice nurses, who have graduated with a clinical M.S.N. or D.N.P., to acquire the nationally-specified adult-gerontology acute care content and clinical skills needed to take the national AGAC-NP certification exam and to function competently within the acute care scope of practice. It will require satisfactory completion of a minimum of 18 credits of didactic content and clinical practicum.

The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills to assume acute care roles in a myriad of settings. Courses focus on integrating advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and acute clinical care and management. Students will be expected to acquire approximately 500 hours of adult-gerontology acute care experience to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the AGAC-NP certification exam.

The certificate must be earned within three years. No transfer credit will be accepted for a graduate certificate. A minimum honor point average of 3.0 must be achieved. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Applicants for admission to this Graduate Certificate must have an M.S.N. or a D.N.P. from a nationally accredited institution.

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Mary Anne McCoy, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, NP-BC, CCRN
302 Cohn
313-577-7624
az3116@wayne.edu  

The following Graduate Level Cognate courses may be required based on a gap analysis.

NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (or equivalent)
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Health Professions (or equivalent)
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment (or equivalent)

Certificate Requirements: 18 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

NUR 7370

APN: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculo-Skeletal Problems

6

NUR 7140

APN: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems

6

NUR 7130

APN: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle Change

6