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

Students spend a minimum of 510 practicum and 120 lab hours with NP or MD 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.

Program of Study

If you apply and are admitted to the program, you can discuss alternate schema options with an academic advisor and in consultation with the faculty advisor. Alternate options consider future course offerings, as well as an individual's best interests, to help students succeed in the program and on the certification exam.

Program Courses

*Courses can be taken online or face to face.
** Courses are offered in a hybrid format and meets bi-weekly.

Year 1 Fall Semester Courses Credits
NURS8020C Advanced Health Assessment
3 (2+1) credits
* NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology  4 credits
* NURS8004 Biostatistics      3 credits
TOTAL 10 credits


Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning  3 credits
* NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis  3 credits
* NURS8024 Pharmacology for APN  3 credits
TOTAL 9 credits


Year 1 Summer Semester Courses Credits
* NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
* NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning 3 credits
ANNP8010 Practicum I
3 credits (12 clinical hrs per wk)
ANNP8020 Seminar I
1 credit
TOTAL 10 credits


Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
** ANNP8030 Clinical Management I
3 credits
ANNP8012 Practicum II 3 credits (12 hrs/wk)
ANNP8022 Seminar II  
1 credit
ANNP8002C  Acute Care Special Topics I
3 (2+1) credits
TOTAL 10 credits


Year 2 Spring Semester Courses
** ANNP8032 Clinical Management  II
3  credits
ANNP8014 Practicum III
3 credits (12 hr/wk)
ANNP8024 Seminar /Capstone III
2 credits
ANNP8004C Acute Care Special Topics II
3 (2+1) credits
TOTAL 11 credits


Credit Hours = 50

Practicum = 168 clinical hours each

Total = 504 hours


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