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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post‑Master’s Certificate

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Provide greater care to patients with acute and chronic health conditions.

As a nurse, you’re committed to helping all people, but you understand that there are some vulnerable populations who may need more specialized care.

With an online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Master’s Certificate from Duquesne University, you can be better positioned to deliver that level of service to adult patients with acute or chronic illnesses.

This program is designed for working professionals to complete in as few as 2.5 years and can prepare you for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification – Adult Gerontology (ACNPC-BC) certification exam.


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Complete coursework online

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Prepare for the ACNPC-BC certification exam

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3 start dates per year

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No GRE required

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Tuition discounts available

Why earn an AGACNP certificate?

As our population continues to age, there is an increasing demand for skilled health care professionals who are trained to assist physiologically unstable or technology dependent patients, as well as those who are highly vulnerable to complications. You can help fill this need.

At Duquesne, you can gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting adult and gerontology patients who have chronic or acute conditions and enhance your ability to provide services ranging from disease prevention to critical care.

The smart choice — an online AGACNP certificate program:

  • Become a certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Coursework is designed to prepare you for the ACNPC-BC certification exam.
  • Complete coursework online. Only three campus visits are required.
  • Connect with a personal faculty mentor. From enrollment to graduation, you can reach your expert faculty mentor by phone or email to guide your success.
  • Leverage a flexible learning environment. Work when and where it is most convenient for you.
  • Join an esteemed institution. We have a distinguished history as a leader in nursing education and are ranked #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Why choose Duquesne for your AGACNP certificate?

Our online AGACNP certificate allows you to enhance your career without interrupting it. You can position yourself for certification and licensure as an adult‑gerontology acute care nurse practitioner who is able to assess, manage and treat vulnerable populations, and help them work toward an improved quality of life.

Prepare for ACNPC-BC certification with valuable, hands-on experiences.

Your online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate blends flexible coursework with immersive practical experiences. These include extensive clinical work and three on-campus labs. It’s how we support your success, helping you enhance your knowledge and practical skills to prepare for national certification exams and licensure as an AGACNP.

Online AGACNP certificate curriculum

33 Credit Hours | 9 Courses

GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Health Promotion 3 Credits
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 529 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 530 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GNAG 550 Foundations of Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice 3 Credits
GNAG 551 Adult Gerontology Acute Care I 5 Credits
GNAG 552 Adult Gerontology Acute Care II 5 Credits
GNAG 553 Adult Gerontology Acute Care III 5 Credits
GNFN 512 Transitioning to Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Note: Students are required to complete 750 precepted clinical hours and 75 lab hours. Curriculum is subject to change. 

Where can you work as a certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner?

  • Clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Retirement homes
  • Hospices
  • Private practices

What’s the career outlook for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners?

The number of nurse practitioner jobs is anticipated to grow significantly over the next decade, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 45% increase between 2019 and 2029. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Due to a combination of factors, including an aging population and the rising number of people with chronic illnesses, there is expected to be an increased demand for nurse practitioners who specialize in adult-gerontology acute care.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2035 the number of Americans over age 65 will outnumber those who are under age 18. Furthermore, the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reports that 6 in 10 adults in the United States have a chronic disease.

A career in this field can be both satisfying and rewarding. Full-time AGACNPs have a median total income of $118,000, including base salary, productivity bonuses and incentive payments, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The difference between acute care and primary care nurse practitioners

According to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), the primary difference between nurse practitioners who specialize in acute care versus those who specialize in primary care is that primary care nurse practitioners (PCNPs) are responsible for providing continuous care to patients, while acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) are responsible for providing restorative care.

There is a long-term relationship between the patient and the PCNP; a patient would see a PCNP for annual health visits. If the patient has a chronic condition or complex illness, the primary care NP may refer the patient to an acute care nurse practitioner or other acute care health provider.

The main focus of an ACNP is to provide care for specific, recurring chronic conditions and complex critical illnesses. A patient would visit an ACNP to receive an official diagnosis of their condition. The acute care NP would then determine a treatment plan and work with the patient and the primary care provider to manage the treatment plan and any follow-up care.

Online AGACNP post-master’s certificate admissions

Admission Prerequisites

To qualify for our online post-master’s certificate program, you must:

  • Hold a BSN and MSN from an accredited college or university
  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Complete a 3-credit undergraduate statistics course with a grade of ”C” or higher or a 3-credit graduate statistics course with a grade of “B” or higher
  • Have 1-2 years of acute care experience, preferably in an ICU setting

The faculty admissions committee may look more closely at nursing and science grades when making admissions decisions.

Transfer Credit Policy for PMC CRNP Students

  1. A maximum of 9 graduate credits, completed within the past 5 years from a previously earned graduate degree, may be transferred.
  2. A grade of “B” or higher is required.
  3. The Advanced Standing Request form must be submitted during the admissions process for transfer credits to be considered.
  4. For a student, who is already certified as a Nurse Practitioner and has prescriptive authority as defined by their state, and is requesting transfer credits greater than 9 credits, an additional detailed request to the Program Chair is required. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Process

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two electronically submitted references (one academic and one professional in a supervisory role)
    • The supervisor reference letters must come from a direct supervisor who is responsible for your performance evaluation
    • If you have been out of school more than five years, please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for advice