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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Consistently ranked among the best in the country, our innovative Acute Care program aligns your individual career goals with your clinical experiences—arranged for you in the nation’s most renowned academic health centers, research institutions, and community hospitals.

Our program

We prepare acute care nurse practitioners for the management of patients with specialized health care needs. You’ll 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 to the patient’s transition back into their community.

You’ll have the opportunity to focus in general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, neurosurgery, oncology, trauma, and many other specialty areas as well as concentrate your work on populations of special interest, such as the underserved or minority health.

And our large network of highly skilled clinicians train you using various technologies—like immersive simulation—to give you the chance to practice newly acquired skills.

This program requires work experience prior to applying. Please visit our admissions page for more information.


The program follows a curriculum that includes theoretical content and mentored clinical experience that emphasizes research and holistic patient care within a collaborative team approach. For your practicum, we do the legwork and match you with a preceptor, including acute care nurse practitioners, physicians, or collaborative teams. 

You’ll be able to choose from a variety of clinical concentrations, such as cardiology, trauma, general surgery, transplant, nephrology, and internal medicine, and select a minor from a number of relevant areas, such as oncology, palliative care, global health, and more.

Other options

For those who’ve been working with acutely ill patients for a minimum of one year, we offer a Streamlined Post-Graduate APRN Certificate AGACNP program


After graduation, you’ll be 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, you are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.