Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Transitioning to the advanced practice role is a wonderful opportunity for the RN who wants to do more. As a nurse practitioner, you are a nurse first and bring to the advanced role all the aspects about nursing that are so fulfilling. The acute care graduate program allows students to become an acute care nurse practitioner. Acute care refers to hospital- based nursing. It may include the ICU, ED, OR, SDU or other hospital-based service.

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major meet criteria to take certification exams for AGAC NP and have achieved an outstanding pass rate. Graduates find jobs in settings such as neurology, cardiology, surgery, oncology, pain management, trauma, orthopedics, radiology, nephrology, pulmonology, hospitalist service or emergency department. The market for AGAC NP jobs continues to expand, largely owing to recent changes that limit the hours of medical residents. Many hospitals and physician groups have discovered that employing AGAC NPs to help provide care to patients makes sense. Students are often hired in the setting of their last practical experience.

Clinical Hours

Clinical placements are determined by students’ areas of interest and career goals. Practical experience may be completed in most geographical locations based on the ability to meet course objectives and state licensure requirements.

Program of Study

The plan of study for the program is determined upon a student’s acceptance and matriculation into the program and is based upon the student’s previous MSN coursework.

Program Courses

As mentioned above, the plan of study is highly individualized. For an idea of the courses that may be required, review the schema for the Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Onsite MSN program.

Contact Info

Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210038
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
(513) 558-3600


Kathleen Ballman, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
(513) 558-5237