Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to treat patients 13 and older with acute and chronic illness or injury. While not setting-specific, many of these nurse practitioners practice in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities or short-term stay settings.

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major meet criteria to take certification exams for AGAC NP. The market for these advanced practice nurses continues to expand because of the aging population, changes that limit the hours of medical residents and the need for specialty care providers. Often, students are hired in an area in which they completed practicum experience.

Aspiring nurse practitioners who want to work in non-acute care settings should instead expore the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care specialty.

Clinical Hours

Students spend a minimum of 504 practicum and 120 laboratory hours with nurse practitioner or physician preceptors. Clinical placements are determined by students' areas of interest and career goals. All students are required to complete at least 90 hours in a cardiology and an intensive care setting.

Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is required before applying. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.


The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in five semesters.

  • Credit Hours: 50
  • Practicum Hours: 168 clinical hours per practicum, or 504 total hours
The program has face-to-face (on campus) requirements beginning in the first semester and includes some online course flexibility throughout program, depending on students' individualized plan of study, based on prior graduate coursework.


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