Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s hybrid Post-Graduate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Certificate Program is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses that hold a master’s degree in nursing. Eligible APRN’s must have at least one year of registered nursing experience.

These advanced professionals are typically employed in hospital settings, including intensive care, sub-acute care, and emergency rooms but may also be employed in ambulatory, outpatient and rehabilitative settings to provide population-based care across the health care continuum for the purpose of restoring individuals to their maximal health potential, following an acute care episode. The program is offered in a hybrid format and requires some campus visits.

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program will meet the professional standards set forth by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Graduates will be eligible for your certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Plan of Study

Dependent upon master’s degree courses previously completed. A typical plan of study may be as follows:

Traditional Post-Graduate Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Plan (Summer Start)

Approximately 3 Semesters — 24 credit hours / 650 Clinical Hours

Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 574 Procedures & Diagnostics for the AG-ACNP 1 (First 4-weeks)
NURS 590 Acute Emergent Care 1 7 (Full semester) 150
Total 8 150

Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 591 Acute/Emergent Care 2 8 (Full semester) 250
Total 8 250

Class Credits Clinical Hours
NURS 592 Acute/Emergent Care 3 8 (Full semester) 250
Total 8 250

Total Program Hours 24 650
Total Clinical Hours 650

Class Start Date

The Online (With Scheduled Immersion) Post-Master’s Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner classes begin Summer Term (dependent on individual student plan of study).

Transfer Credit

For those students who already hold a national nurse practitioner certification and seek a second nurse practitioner area of focus, their transcripts will be evaluated for clinical practicum hours and courses. Our AG-ACNP nurse practitioner programs require the attainment of 650 clinical practicum hours. It is possible that a certified nurse practitioner will be given transfer credit for 150 hours of our 650 clinical practicum hour requirement because national AG-ACNP and FNP certification exams require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Program Completion

This certificate program is approximately 3-4 semesters in length depending on the candidate’s transfer credit. However, all students must successfully complete specialty track coursework, achieve 650 clinical practicum hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to earn a program certificate.

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