Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Next Start Date August 18, 2021


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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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  • Low-Residency
Start Date
  • August 18, 2021

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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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