Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Online)

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Program Director

Andrea Wall


Due to their unique skillsets, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AG-ACNP) may work in a variety of settings. Hospital inpatient units are the most common space of practice, though they frequently work in intensive care, acute care, and trauma units of tertiary care facilities. Increasingly, they care for patients in specialty clinics and long-term care facilities.

The Post-Masters Certificate in AG-ACNP online program prepares individuals who are already licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) with the skills and competencies needed to provide patient-centered care to adult and geriatric acute care patients. The purpose of the program is to expand the scope of practice of APRN’s and broaden career opportunities. The program will prepare students for professional service in a healthcare setting, create new knowledge and provide opportunities for professional involvement, while instilling an understanding of the importance of life-long learning and meaningful contribution.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. Integrate knowledge of theory and research to develop a comprehensive and ethical approach to nursing practice and education in a global society.

2. Develop and utilize evidence-based advanced clinical practice and skills to promote, maintain and restore optimum wellness to individuals.

3. Articulate the issues and trends that affect the social, economic, political, and institutional forces that influence nursing and health care delivery.

4. Critically appraise and utilize scientific, expert, and other sources of knowledge to ensure quality outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice.

5. Develop collaborative and interprofessional relationships to improve health outcomes in various settings.


The program will build on the existing curriculum of the current AG-ACNP, adapting it for APRNs with an existing foundational knowledge in a different scope of practice. To be eligible for consideration, admission requirements include:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university.
  • Maintain a current, active, unrestricted registered nurse (RN) license in the state in which they will do clinical rotations.
  • Earned either a:
    • Master of Science degree in Nursing from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program or
    • a doctoral or PhD degree.

Other admission requirements include:

  • Evidence of at least two years of strong professional nursing experience.
  • Evidence of national certification in advanced practice nursing specialty.
  • Evidence of Advanced Practice licensure.

Transcripts from their APRN graduate program must show successful completion of courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Assessment. All students will be required to show evidence of a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students will also submit a background check, drug screen, and immunization records to permit clinical rotations in health facilities.

Total: 18 hours


The Graduate program advisor will be responsible for all student advising and will approve all course enrollments. The program plan is set, and deviations will not be permitted to ensure efficiency of faculty and university resources.

Students will be required to complete 600 hours of clinical experience for this program. The program director will work with the student to identify and assign a preceptor who will mentor the student during the clinical experiences. The clinical placement will be determined before the start date of the first courses in the program.

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