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Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Post-Graduate

We know that many Nurse Practitioners who are primary care prepared and working with acutely-ill patients are interested in becoming certified in acute care. In response to this, and in compliance with the APRN Consensus Model, Penn Nursing created a streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program. Nurse Practitioners who work with the acutely ill every day for a minimum of one year as a Nurse Practitioner are eligible to apply

Please visit our Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Admissions page for application requirements specific to this program.  

The APRN Consensus Model, published in 2008 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing calls for improved congruence between licensure, accreditation, certification and educational requirements between agencies and State Boards of Nursing. This means that if an NP graduated from a primary care NP program, that they should work with patients who have primary care issues. Likewise, if an NP is educated and certified as an acute care nurse practitioner, then this NP should work with acutely ill, critically ill, or chronically complex patients. This does not mean that all NPs working in inpatient settings have to be acute care prepared. It means that each NP has to evaluate the care they provide every day to their patients and decide if the majority of problems managed are primary care or acute care focused.

Please be aware that we are currently unable to initiate new contracts. If we do not have an agreement with the site where you plan to do your clinical hours, and you are unable to complete your clinical hours at a site where we have an agreement, you are currently not eligible to apply to our program. At this time we are unable to initiate new agreements. Before you start an application, please reach out to Theresa Bombaci to see if we have a contract/affiliation agreement with the site where you plan to do your clinical hours. If we do not have a contract, we will review the options for sites in your area where we currently have a contract in place.

If you will be fulfilling this program’s clinical training requirements at your place of employment, please note that you may not earn academic credit for activities for which you receive compensation.  Therefore, clinical training hours must be separate from employment (compensated) time.

The Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is offered online, but currently cannot serve students in the following states: Louisiana, New York*, North Dakota, and Tennessee. This list may change, so please check back.

*New York prospective applicants: We are granted authorization by the New York State Board of Regents on the number of clinical placements we are permitted in the state. Due to the high demand of interest in this program from applicants licensed in New York, we have reached the allowable capacity of enrollments for this program for 2022.

Please fill out  this form  to indicate your interest in pursuing the Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program, if it becomes available in your state. 

If you have a valid multi-state license or are licensed  in a state other than Louisiana, New York, North Dakota, or Tennessee, you are eligible to apply to the Streamlined program and do not need to fill out this form.


Tuition for Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs are based on graduate tuition rates. Certificate programs are not eligible for federal educational loans.

International Compliance

The Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Post-Graduate APRN certificate program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.