Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of UC College of Nursing’s onsite Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program meet criteria required to take exams for Adult-Gero Acute Care NP (AGAC-NP) certification and, historically, have achieved an outstanding pass rate.

The focus of this Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) program is patients 13 years old and older in the acute or critical care environment. Adult-Gero Acute Care NP nurses work in various job settings, such as neurology, neurocritical care, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, surgery, heart failure, pain management, trauma, orthopedics, radiology, nephrology, pulmonology, hospitalist service or emergency care.

The demand for Adult-Gero Acute Care NP nurses continues to grow, largely because of a reduction in the number of hours medical residents are permitted to work. Hospitals and physician groups continue to employ Adult-Gero Acute Care NP nurses to help provide care, often during students’ last practical experience.

Clinical Hours

Students receive a minimum of 504 clinical practicum hours for the Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certification. These hours may be with nurse practitioner or medical doctor preceptors. Clinical placements are determined by students' areas of interest and career goals, as wel as preceptor availability. Practica hours are typically completed in numerous health care systems in the region and include a two-week intensive rotation (as many as 80 hours a week) at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in the Surgical ICU.

The remaining 500 hours are focused on a DNP project. This quality improvement project is grounded in a clinical problem and students work closely with a DNP advisor to formulate a capstone project.

Required Experience

Students must have a minimum of one year of independent nursing experience in the adult acute care setting. UC College of Nursing encourages students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice. The college offers a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Program of Study

Full- and part-time options are available for the program. Full-time students typically complete the program in nine semesters. Part-time students receive an individualized schema.

While this program is an on-campus program, many courses have an online option. Several specialty courses, however, are offered on campus only. DNP courses are offered in block format, which requires students to attend on campus classes one week each semester.

Full-Time Semester Schema

  • Total Credit Hours: 85
  • Total Semesters (full time): 9
Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 3

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistis for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)
Informatics for DNP Practice

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits)
Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care

NDNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance & Economics of Health Care

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical Reasoning

Total Credits: 8
Total Credits: 9
Total Credits: 9
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for EBP

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy for Doctorally Prepared Nurse

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

AANP 8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management I

AANP 8010 (3 Credits)
Practicum I

AANP 8020 (1 Credit)
Seminar I

Total Credits: 10 Total Credits: 10 Total Credits: 7
Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9

AANP 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management II

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum I

AANP 8012 (3 Credits)
Practicum II

AANP 8022 (1 Credit)
Seminar II

AANP 8002C (3 Credits)
AG-ACNP Special Topics I

AANP 8014 (3 Credits)
Practicum III

AANP 8024 (2 Credits)
Seminar III

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum II

ANNP 8004C (3 Credits)
AG-ACNP Special Topics II

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
DNP Writing Seminar

NDNP 9038
DNP Practicum III

Total Credits: 13 Total Credits: 11 Total Credits: 8