Is This Program Right for Me?
Our post-graduate certificate program is uniquely designed for APRNs who have completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and are seeking to align their certification with their current or future scope of practice.
In this fast-paced program, graduate learners will be prepared to care for persons with complex, acute health conditions; expanding their ability to manage the health needs of adults and older adults across the care spectrum.
Consider the following as you decide to pursue your AGACNP certification:
- Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) graduates practice most frequently in the following specialties1:
- Cardiovascular Care (20.5%)
- Critical Care (12.1 %)
- General Hospitalist (6.3%)
- AGACNPs typically practice in the following settings1
- Hospital (28%)
- Hospital-based specialty clinic (16%)
- Private practice (7.7%)
- Public university (6.5%)
- Roughly half the AGACNPs employed in hospital settings are credentialed to independently perform invasive procedures which include the following2:
- Placement of arterial lines and central venous catheters
- Chest tube insertion and removal
- Lumbar puncture
- Paracentesis and Thoracentesis
- The health conditions most frequently treated by AGACNPs most frequently include1
- Heart failure
- Upper respiratory illness
Why Adult Gerontological Acute Care?
- AGACNPs improve healthcare access, reduce readmissions, improve care quality, support physician training, and improve care continuity in hospital and critical care settings3
- Projected retention in the AGACNP specialty is high with 64.7% of AGACNP respondents stating they would stay in their current position for 6-10 years or more. 1
- The work is satisfying. Results of the AANP survey demonstrated that 88% of the AGACNPs were satisfied with their position.1
- The role and scope of practice for AGACNPs is growing, providing more diverse opportunities for employment than ever before4
Why the University of Minnesota?
- Our post-graduate certificate program is the only one of its kind in the Twin Cities
- We understand that DNP professionals seeking additional certification often have multiple responsibilities and time commitments. We designed our program with this in mind.
- Our faculty use flexible content delivery methods including online and hybrid platforms
- Asynchronous teaching methods
- Limited on-campus days with combined hands-on learning experiences and lectures
- We partner with acute care hospitals across the Twin Cities, offering a wide range of clinical experiences
In just three semesters, graduates of our post-graduate certificate program will meet the qualifications for, and be prepared to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner national certification offered through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The certificate requires the completion of 13 to 16 credits of graduate course work. A gap analysis of prior academic and work experiences will be done for each student and credit requirements will be adjusted as appropriate.
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