Due to demand, the College of Nursing has advanced the admission cycle for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Graduate Certificate program. Previously scheduled for a Summer 2017 start, the college will now begin admitting to the certificate program in Spring 2017. The priority application deadline is Sept. 15, however the college will continue to review and consider qualified applications until the Spring 2017 cohort is full. Registered Nurses (RNs) with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing who want to practice as nurse practitioners in acute care are ideal candidates for this program.

The AGACNP cares for adult/gerontology patients with medically-complex, stable and unstable acute, critical, and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to sub-acute, ambulatory care, clinic, and home care environments. The AGACNP provides a spectrum of care from disease prevention to acute and critical care management. The curriculum provides a strong scientific foundation for practicing in the current health care environment, teaches flexibility, and focuses on evidence-based practice and leadership.

Upon graduation, students are qualified to sit for the required AGACNP board exam for national certification and state license to practice in the advanced practice role. Enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Post-Master’s program is an option after completing this program.