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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 will need an affiliation agreement with the clinical site where you will be doing your clinical hours.  If the clinical site will not enter into a clinical affiliation agreement with the University of Pennsylvania, or if you are unable to secure a clinical placement where a clinical affiliation agreement is already in place, you may not be able to complete this post-graduate APRN certificate program. In addition, if you move to a state where the University of Pennsylvania does not have permission to operate and you do not hold a multi-state license to complete the clinical experience in another state, you may not be able to complete this post-graduate APRN certificate program.

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 2021.

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.