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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-ACNP/CNS)

Program Overview

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-ACNP/CNS) program prepares registered nurses with acute and/or critical-care experience to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings.

Graduates are empowered to integrate evidence-based practice, alleviate patient and family suffering, and facilitate ethical decision-making.

AG-ACNP/CNS students are required to hold the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification prior to entering the program.

AG-ACNP/CNS Curriculum

By combining dynamic coursework with live online classes and real-world clinical experience, Nursing@Georgetown offers a nursing education unlike any other. Our rigorous, multidimensional AG-ACNP/CNS curriculum consists of:

Credits to Complete Clinical Hours Involved Number of OCIs Required Total Terms Necessary Months to Complete
48 900 3 7 24


Please note: Program lengths may vary depending on the student’s start date, clinical placement, and OCI completion.

Core Courses

Course Requirements for all Specialties:

  • NURO-528 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURO-546 Physiology / Pathophysiology
  • NURO-544 Advanced Concepts of Pharmacology
  • NURO-530 Research Methods & Biostatistics for Healthcare Providers
  • NURO-624 Foundations of Health Systems and Policy
  • NURO-518 Health Care Ethics
  • NURO-540 Research Evidence and Best Practices in Health Care

For Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty

  • NURO-469 Anatomy for Health Care Professionals
  • NURO-538 Professional Aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURO-670 Diagnostic Reasoning & Clinical Decision Making
  • NURO-692 Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • NURO-676 Adult Gerontology ACNP I
  • NURO-678 Adult Gerontology ACNP II
  • NURO-696 Adult Gerontology ACNP III
  • NURO-716 Adult Gerontology ACNP IV

AG-ACNP/CNS: ~900 clinical hours

  • AG-ACNP/CNS I: 250hrs
  • AG-ACNP/CNS II: 200hrs
  • AG-ACNP/CNS III: 250hrs
  • AG-ACNP/CNS IV: 200hrs

Please visit the University Registrar’s web site for detailed course descriptions.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology ACNP and/or the Adult Gerontology CNS exam for board certification and credentialing offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

We invite you to learn more about this innovative program or speak with an admissions counselor by calling 877-910-HOYA (4692).

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