1. What is the Accelerated AG-ACNP Certificate Program?
The 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.
2. When does the Accelerated AG-ANCNP Certificate Program start?
The track admits in the Fall (begins in August) and Spring (begins in January). The enrollment period for the Fall start is December 1 - June 30. The enrollment period for the Spring start is July 1 - November 30.
3. How long does it take to complete the program?
The certificate program is 2 semesters long.
4. What degree is required to apply?
Master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) from an accredited program; accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
5. How many practice experience hours expected?
A total of 650 direct clinical hours. It is possible that a certified nurse practitioner with acute care setting experience of at least one year will be given transfer credit for the clinical practicum hour requirement (150 credit hour credit). This will be determined on an individual basis following national accreditation guidelines. At minimum, 500 direct clinical hours are required to sit for board certification upon program completion.
6. Is the program online?
The program is offered completely online.
7. When do I start my clinical?
Students will be required to start their clinical hours within the first 3 weeks of the first semester. Clinical setup will be a part of the admission process. If students are unable to secure a clinical placement by Week 3 of the first semester, a plan of study adjustment may need to occur.
8. Will I secure a clinical placement in my home state?
Students will make connections for securing clinical sites in their region; however, they will be supported with clinical setup by our Coordinator of Graduate Practice Experiences to ensure that all requirements are in place.