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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Aug. 17, 2022

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WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Provide Advanced Nursing Care for Adult & Geriatric Patients

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in advanced nursing care for adult and geriatric patients. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification, which requires at least 500 clock hours of direct patient care in the advanced role. You will gain knowledge and skills basic to the health maintenance, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and revision of care of adult-gerontology acutely ill patients. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever and all students pay in-state tuition rates. You can complete the program in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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August 17, 2022

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Program Details

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This post-graduate certificate program prepares currently licensed and certified family, adult, or gerontology primary care advanced practice nurses who have an MSN degree to meet the needs for advanced adult gerontology nursing care in acute care settings. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for the national certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses specific to this select population.

This is a 16-21 credit hour program, consisting of three didactic and one variable credit clinical course. All didactic courses are offered via asynchronous, web-based modalities. Two didactic courses focus on implementation of disciplined reasoning in the application of therapeutics and evidence-based acute care advanced nursing practice in the adult and geriatric population. An additional didactic course is designed to reinforce the difference in role delineation between primary care and acute care certified nurse practitioners and explore common practice issues specific to the acute care certified nurse practitioner.

National certification requires at least 500 clock hours of direct patient care in the advanced role. However, some students may have accrued appropriate hours prior to admission. Any hours accrued prior to admission must have been academically supervised and completed in an approved acute care setting.

At the completion of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate, the graduate will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations, incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions based on nursing science and other sciences.
  3. Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with patients (individual, family or group) and other professionals to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice.
  6. Educate and guide individuals and groups through complex health and situational transitions.

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Application Information


  • Degree of Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on graduate degree work.
  • Hold an active, unrestricted RN license in at least one state.
  • Hold current national nurse practitioner certification for advanced practice in family, gerontology, or adult primary care; and evidence of completion of stand-alone graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment across the lifespan.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

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Depending on pre-requisites completed, entry term into the program will vary from student to student.

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  1. Click on the Apply Now button above.
  2. Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
    • Program Delivery Method: Online
    • Type of Student: Certificate
    • Which Program: Select your Post-MSN Program
  3. You will be asked to select a Progression Plan on the Nursing Application. The Post Graduate certificate is only offered as a full-time program.
  4. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. Click here for guidelines on writing the essay

Computer Application Checklist

Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.

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  1. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to
  2. Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.
  3. Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).


Students will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Nursing GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Professional Writing Statement Score
  • Overall GPA


Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the start of the semester.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate requires 21 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $726.

Total Degree Cost

$15,246 – Residents and Non-Residents

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practitioner Graduate Certificate may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Nurse Practitioner
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Acute Care Nurse
Projected Growth: 11% higher *Bright Outlook

Nursing Professor
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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