Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to treat patients 13 and older for brief, but severe, episodes of illness, injury, or trauma in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities or short-term stay settings.

Certification & Career

Graduates of our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care program meet criteria required to take exams for Adult-Gero Acute Care NP (AGAC-NP) certification. These advanced practice nurses work in various settings, such as neurology, neurocritical care, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, surgery, heart failure, pain management, trauma, orthopedics, radiology, nephrology, pulmonology, hospitalist service or emergency care.

Clinical Hours

Students complete a minimum of 504 clinical practicum hours for the Adult-Gero Acute Care NP certification. Clinical placements are determined by students' areas of interest and career goals, as well as preceptor availability.

Clinical 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. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice. We offer 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.


  • Total Credit Hours: 83-85
  • Total Semesters (full time): 9
Full-Time Semester Schema
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)
Optional 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

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

ANNP 8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management I

ANNP 8010 (3 Credits)
Practicum I

ANNP 8020 (1 Credit)
Seminar I

Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9

ANNP 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management II

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum I

ANNP 8012 (3 Credits)
Practicum II

ANNP 8022 (1 Credit)
Seminar II

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

ANNP 8014 (3 Credits)
Practicum III

ANNP 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 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum III


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or