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 a minimum of 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 7427 AGAC NP: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal Problems


NUR 7428 AGAC NP Clinical: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal Problems


NUR 7437 AGAC NP: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems 2
NUR 7438 AGAC NP Clinical: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems 4
NUR 7447 AGAC NP: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle Change 2
NUR 7448 AGAC NP Clinical: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle Change 4

*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

Terminal objectives/learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students can expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate skill in translating and integrating scientific findings and quality improvement principles to provide safe acute and critical care management of the adult-gerontological patient population health/illness status through health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.
  2. Carry out interpersonal transactions to manage and coordinate care with the adult-gerontological patient population and interprofessional teams as a member and a leader to achieve therapeutic patient outcomes.
  3. Competently use the teaching-coaching function through imparting knowledge and skills to the adult-gerontological patient population, as well as interpreting and individualizing therapies.
  4. Formulate a position on the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role in the policy development process and employment of advocacy strategies to advance the profession and influence health and health care of the adult-gerontological population.
  5. Skillfully use patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care in the acute and critical care delivery systems.
  6. Assume responsibility for monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice that is developmentally, culturally, spiritually, and ethically appropriate with respect for the adult-gerontological population.

Graduate Specialty Coordinator

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