Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Program at a Glance
  • Focus on providing direct care management including diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Learn to manage acutely ill medical, surgical, and critical care adult populations working with an interprofessional direct care team.
  • Focus on developing your acute care skills in person, on location.
  • The postgraduate online certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
CREDITS REQUIRED 51
COST PER CREDIT $420
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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate (AGAC-NP) Overview

If you’re a registered nurse with a master’s degree who is ready to expand your professional skills, consider earning an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Purdue Global. Gain expertise in the management of acutely ill medical, surgical, and critical care adult patient populations and working with an interprofessional direct care team.

The acute care nurse practitioner program includes online study and a series of clinical practice sessions that take place in a facility or site you select with the faculty and Clinical Placement Team. You will also complete a 2.5-day in-person skills intensive at a designated Purdue Global location.*

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in this program: Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Clinical Practice Experience

As part of the certificate program, you will participate in a series of clinical practice sessions at a health care facility or clinical site to gain valuable real-world experience.


Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about the number of hours needed to complete the clinical requirement.

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The post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.CCNEAccreditation.org).

Career Opportunities

Responsibilities in acute care nurse practitioner careers may include diagnosing and treating patients, ordering tests, interpreting results, preparing treatment plans, and prescribing medication (in many states).

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners serve in environments such as hospitals, medical surgical units, and critical care or specialty units.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Service Orientation

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Prepare for Certification

Upon completion of the certificate program, you may be eligible to sit for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification exams offered by the following organizations:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

After earning your acute care nursing certification, you may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment.

Faculty With Real-World Experience

Our faculty has decades of nursing experience and brings real-world knowledge to the classroom. Many hold doctorates or advanced nursing certifications; all faculty members possess at least a master’s degree.

This certificate program is focused on helping you build skills to manage the direct care of acutely ill adults in medical, surgical, and critical care.

Sample Courses
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Specialized Pharmacology for the AGACNP Acute Care NP
  • AGACNP Acute Care Diagnosis and Management
  • AGACNP Critical Care Management
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits51
  • Total Credits51

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*For the required in-person skills intensive, you must travel to a designated Purdue Global location and are responsible for all travel expenses.

Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information and program availability. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).