Nursing

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 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.

Curriculum

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

Questions

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