Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Program is designed for registered nurses who are ready to pursue graduate education that will lead to an acute care focused, advanced practice nursing role. The Adult Gerontology Acute Care nurse practitioner provides health care services to adult patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions in high acuity settings that require intensive monitoring and therapeutic intervention. These advanced professionals are typically employed in hospital settings, including intensive care, sub-acute care and emergency care but may also be employed in ambulatory, outpatient and rehabilitative settings to provide population-based care across the healthcare continuum for the purpose of restoring individuals to their maximal health potential, following an acute care episode. The program is offered in a hybrid model, with both online and face-to-face coursework.

Upon completion of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Assume advanced nursing roles in clinical practice
  • Deliver competent healthcare to diverse young adult, adult and older adult populations within the community for individuals, communities and systems
  • Use epidemiological, social and environmental data to draw inferences to effectively assist patients in achieving and/or maintaining optimum health or to stabilize chronic health conditions
  • Facilitate and demonstrate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  • Design health promotion and disease prevention clinical programs for young adult, adult and older adult populations experiencing acute, critical, and chronically ill diseases
  • Evaluate nursing practice and health care to produce quality outcomes of evidence-based acute and chronic care services throughout the community for individuals, communities and systems
  • Demonstrate leadership in clinical practice
  • Use ethical decision making in the delivery of acute, critical, and chronically ill care services for vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with intra- and interdisciplinary professionals to achieve quality outcomes in advanced nursing practice
  • Promote nursing as a profession and a discipline
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication in clinical scholarship
  • Analyzes ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy and the interdependence and impact of policy on heath care practice across disciplines.

Criteria for Admission

To be considered for admission to any of the Graduate Program tracks at Mount Carmel, the following is required:

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program; accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formally NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Master's and Doctoral Degrees also considered for the NP program
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program
  • Undergraduate statistics and research courses with a letter grade of "C" or better in both. A grade of "C-" will not be accepted.
  • Two years of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or similar high-acuity clinical experience within the last five years recommended
  • Candidate video / Interview

Application Materials

  • Completed Application
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • One-page typed statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines applicant's goals and objectives for pursuit of graduate studies in the specialty track
  • Current, unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio Registered Nurse (RN) licensure
  • Two recommendation letters (from individuals such as: work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree)
  • Official TOEFL scores for students for whom English is not the native language; minimum required TOEFL score of 550 (paper based}, 213 (computer based) or 79-80 (Internet based); TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date. To learn more about the TOEFL, visit
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities

Application Deadlines

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track admits only in the Fall Semester (begins in August). The application period for all nurse practitioner tracks is September 1 to February 1.

See application for details.

Program Completion

  • Completion in 18 months over five semesters, 48 credit hours/ 650 clinical hours


View Sample Curriculum of Study here.

For More Information Contact

Our admissions office can be reached at 614-234-4CON or at