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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) provides advanced nursing care to adult and older adult patients with acute, chronic, and critical conditions. The AGACNP curriculum includes core concepts of the advanced practice nurse 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 managing the care of inpatient adults, episodic management of a patient in a clinical specialty unit, as well as management of a critically ill patient in the emergency or intensive care setting.


The AGACNP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required didactic courses are offered online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 935 (one week) and NRSG 801 (up to 6 campus visits in the semester). Practicum courses NRSG 975, NRSG 976 and NRSG 977 require visits to the KUMC campus up to 3 times during each semester for face-to-face clinical learning experiences. Simulation spaces at the KU Medical Center campus are used for skills training. Clinical placements are within the University of Kansas Health System or other approved practicum sites.


AGACNP students will complete ACLS training and certification, as well as FCCS (Fundamental Critical Care Support) through the Society of Critical Care Medicine prior to enrolling in the AGACNP specialty area courses.


Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

Sample Plan of Study - Preferred Plan of Study (PDF)

Last modified: Apr 13, 2020
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