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 Opportunities

Graduates of this major meet criteria to take certification exams for AGAC NP. 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

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. Practical experience may be completed in most geographical locations based on the ability to meet course objectives and state licensure requirements.

Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is preferred. 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. Part-time students can progress at their own speed.

  • Credit Hours: 50
  • Practicum Hours: 168 clinical hours per practicum, or 504 total hours
Full-Time Semester Schema
Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 3

NURS 8020C (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 8022* (4 Credits)
Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

NURS 8004* (3 Credits)

NURS 8002* (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

NURS 8026* (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis

NURS 8024* (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for APN

NURS 8008* (3 Credits)
Health Care Policy

NURS 8006* (3 Credits)
Research & Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

ANNP8010 (3 Credits)
Practicum I

ANNP 8020 (1 Credit)
Seminar I

Semester 4
Semester 5

ANNP 8030** (3 Credits)
Clinical Management I

ANNP 8012 (3 Credits)
Practicum II

ANNP 8022 (1 Credit)
Seminar II

ANNP 8002C (3 Credits)
Acute Care Special Topics I

ANNP 8032** (3 Credits)
Clinical Management II

ANNP 8014 (3 Credits)
Practicum III

ANNP 8024 (2 Credits)
Seminar III/Capstone

ANNP 8004C (3 Credits)
Acute Care Special Topics II


*Course can be taken online or on campus.
**Course offered in a hybrid format with bi-weekly, in-person meetings.


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