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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

About Our Program

Why is the Penn Nursing's Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AGACNP) the right choice for you? Here are just a few of the reasons:

            • Individualized clinical practicum to match your career goals.
            • A large network of clinical preceptors that we provide for you - no finding your own.
            • Clinical experiences in some of the most world renown academic health centers, research institutions and community hospitals in the nation.
            • Intensive training in the use of technologies.
            • Use of simulation to practice and apply newly acquired skills.
            • Opportunities to publish in leading nursing journals and present at regional and national conferences.
            • Clinical experiences range from general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, neurosurgery, oncology, trauma and numerous other specialty areas.

Want to find out more? Please contact us and we'll tell you how.

Program Overview

The AGACNP Program evolved from one of the first in the United States to prepare acute care nurse practitioners for the management of patients with specialized health care needs. Students develop expertise in physical assessment, complex clinical decision making, diagnostic and interventional procedures, prescriptive knowledge, and patient care management across the continuum of acute care services, from critical care to discharge and facilitation of the patient's transition to the community.

The program is a traditional in class model (not online) and offers a broad preparation in the management of acutely and critically ill patients with additional opportunities to concentrate on populations of special interest. With a strong emphasis on research and evidence-based practice, students follow a curriculum that includes theoretical content and guided clinical experiences that emphasize holistic patient care and a collaborative, interprofessional team approach. For their practicum experiences, students are paired with acute care nurse practitioners, physicians or collaborative teams.

Areas of Concentration

Students can choose from a variety of clinical experiences such as Oncology, Trauma, General Surgery, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Transplant, Nephrology and many others. Sites are chosen based on availability of experiences and student preferences. Faculty guidance for optimum preparation is provided.

Students may complete minors in a variety of clinically related areas such as Oncology, Palliative Care, Forensic Science, Global Health and others. Those interested in finding out more about these opportunities can click on the Academic Programs page and scroll to the bottom. Click on the link to find out more specifics about the minor that interests you

Certification Eligibility

Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification from the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Upon successful completion of the exam candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.





"The education I received at Penn has undoubtedly shaped my future for the better. I gained the key skills and knowledge to become an important member of the health care team."
Komal Patel, MSN, 2011