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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate - 19 credit hours

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Certificate is designed to provide APRNs who have a baseline preparation in primary care with an opportunity for additional training in acute care, as part of an interprofessional healthcare team. The curriculum includes core concepts of the advanced practice nursing role in acute care settings, expanded models of acute care, care transitions, and age-related considerations of the adult/gerontology patient in acute care. The role of the AGACNP may include episodic management of a patient in a clinical specialty unit, following a caseload of patients during a hospitalization, or caring for patients across the acute care continuum.

Required didactic courses are offered online. Practicum courses use on-campus, face-to-face clinical learning experiences, with clinical placements within the University of Kansas Health System. Simulation spaces on the KU Medical Center campus are used for skills training.

The AGACNP Certificate program requires that students have completed an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) graduate educational program from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced assessment, and advanced pharmacology are required. Applicants will need to complete ACLS training and certification, as well as FCCS (Fundamental Critical Care Support) through the Society of Critical Care Medicine. For applicants that have not completed these courses prior to admission, completion will be facilitated through the School of Nursing.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certification exam offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).   

The 2020 application deadline is April 1 for the SUMMER 2020 term.


Course Credits
Summer NRSG 971 Special Considerations for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1
  NRSG 972 Advanced Pharmacology for the Acute Care Setting 2
Fall NRSG 973 Acute Care I: Adult-Gerontology NP 3
  NRSG 975 Acute Care Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology NP 128 hours: Hospitalist Practice; 128 hours: Emergent Care 4
Spring NRSG 974 Acute Care II: Adult-Gerontology NP 3
  NRSG 976 Acute Care Practicum II: Adult-Gerontology NP 128 hours: ICU settings and Specialty placements 2
Summer NRSG 977 Acute Care Practicum III: Adult-Gerontology NP 256 hours: Integration experience and simulation activities 4
  19 credit hours; 640 practicum hours  



Last modified: Feb 18, 2020