Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (AGNP-AC)

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (AGNP-AC) graduate certificate allows certified advanced practice registered nurses who have graduated with a clinical MSN or DNP from a nationally accredited institution to acquire the nationally specified adult-gerontology acute care content and clinical skills needed to take the national AGNP-AC certification exam and function competently within the acute care scope of practice. It requires 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 myriad 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 adults and older adult acute care experience to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the AGNP-AC 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 coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the college and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Certificate requirements: 18 credits minimum*




NUR 7370

APN: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal Problems


NUR 7140

APN: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems


NUR 7130 APN: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle ChangeĀ  6

*Based on gap analysis, the following graduate-level cognate courses may be required and an additional one-credit procedural directed study may be required.

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)
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy and Professional Issues for APNs

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

Mary Anne McCoy, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, NP-BC, CCRN
302 Cohn