With this Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Graduate Certificate program, you will be able to promote health and assess, diagnose, monitor, treat and coordinate the care of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults, and older adults with a focus on the rural environment. A primary focus of this specialized acute care role is to improve transitions of care and help prevent hospital readmissions.
You can continue your current MSN career while attending this part-time graduate program, due to the asynchronous ("not at the same time") online delivery format the majority of the year. There is a 1-week summer intensive session in Greeley, Colorado, during the program. Practicums are planned in your regional area with existing clinical partners. The program can be completed in less than two years.
The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2014 was $66,640.
However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $95,350.
The demand for APNs who are qualified to care for both acute-care patients and our aging population is growing rapidly. The coursework in this certificate will allow you to focus your career in the new combined Adult Gerontology and Acute Care specialized practice. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national certification credentials:
Graduates can also apply for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse (APN/APRN) in adult-gerontology acute care.