Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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
    • Intubation
    • Chest tube insertion and removal
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Paracentesis and Thoracentesis
  • The health conditions most frequently treated by AGACNPs most frequently include1 
    • Hypertension
    • 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  

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Program Plan

AGACNP Post Graduate Certificate Program Plan.pdf


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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