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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG ACNP) prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the health of individuals from the age of 13 years through adulthood and through end of life in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health restoration, management of complex, acute and chronic illnesses and complex health management of adolescents, adults and older adults. The scope of practice of the AG ACNP includes managing the needs of individuals who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or vulnerable for the development of complications. The AG ACNP provides leadership and promotes using research findings to maximize the health care delivery services for adolescents, adults, elders and their families as a member of an interprofessional team. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the National Certification Exam as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The certificate is also available in a 100% Online format.

Dr. John D. Gonzalez
AG ACNP Director

Apply at www.applytexas.org

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide health care to adolescents, adults, older adults and their families in secondary and tertiary settings.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise in providing care to acutely ill patients, including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and therapies.
  • Use research and theoretical principles in implementing therapies that restore health, minimize complications, and manage risk factors.
  • Integrate the patient’s care across the continuum of acute care services in collaboration with other health care professionals, families, and patients.

Degree Plans

Post-graduate certificate degree plans are individually created based on a gap analysis of the applicant's MSN transcript and experience. If you have questions about a post masters certificate program and what your specific degree program might look like, you will need to apply for admission to the university, including the submission of your transcripts and curriculum vitae for review.

The degree plan will be based on the MSN AGACNP course list, which you can find on this page.

Certificate Students take a different Practicum course than MSN students:

Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
NURS 5632 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All Coursework for major. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
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