Provide Advanced Care in Acute and Critical Care Settings as an AG-ACNP

Provide Advanced Care in Acute and Critical Care Settings as an AG-ACNP

Program Overview

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program prepares registered nurses with the acute-care experience necessary 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 students are required to hold the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification prior to entering the program. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology ACNP exam for board certification and credentialing offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

AG-ACNP Curriculum

By combining dynamic coursework with live online classes and real-world clinical experience, the AG-ACNP curriculum helps students take on leadership roles as nurse practitioners. Our rigorous, multidimensional curriculum consists of:

  • 40 credits/23 months to complete
  • 6 total terms
  • 600 clinical hours
  • 3 on-campus intensives required

Program Certification Examination First Time Pass Rates

Table: Program Certification Examination First Time Pass Rates
Year of Graduation ANCC School Pass Rate AACN School Pass Rate
2017 94.44% 100%
2016 80% 100%
2015 100% 100%
2014 100% 100%


Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for certification and licensure examinations; they must also meet state requirements (including criminal history, mental or physical disability, and disciplinary action) to obtain licensure. The AG-ACNP Program prepares graduates to sit for the Adult Gerontology ACNP exam for board certification and credentialing offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).