Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Certificate Program is designed for Master's prepared registered nurses who wish to pursue 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 Certificate Program track, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deliver competent healthcare to diverse young adult, adult and older adult populations 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 for individuals, communities and systems
  • Enhance 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
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication in clinical scholarship

Application Deadline

  • Traditional Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Summer Cohort: March 30th

* Start date dependent on previous academic credits

* Students are not required to have a preceptor(s) setup prior to applying to their program of choice, however, students must have a preceptor in place at least 4 weeks prior to the start of their first clinical course. It is the responsibility of the student to find a preceptor for each clinical experience. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator is available to provide resources and guidance to students as they search for an appropriate preceptor/site. The Graduate Clinical Coordinator can be reached at

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