Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate 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.
  • This population focus area also includes an online skills lab that incorporates an Oculus Quest VR headset for a virtual lab experience, allowing you to work remotely with faculty and staff.
  • The postgraduate online certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(34 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate 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 include working virtually with the skills lab faculty and staff using an Oculus Quest VR headset.

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

Note: At this time, residents of the following states and territories may not enroll in this program: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Guam. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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The postgraduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Clinical Practice Experience

Apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. As part of the postgraduate 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.

Admissions Requirements

A master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and an approved criminal background check is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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  • Military Tuition Reduction

    17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

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Prepare for Certification

Upon completion of the postgraduate 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.

What Courses Will I Take?

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

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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

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits

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

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
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*Nursing Licensure: 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. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. 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 Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).