UNC Menu

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Graduate Certificate Program (Non-DEgree) – Eligibility

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) nursing program and a master’s degree from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) program in nursing or related field, with a GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale)
  • Current Colorado Registered Nurse (RN) license or eligibility for Colorado licensure as a registered nurse (copy of license or verification printout or link required)
  • Minimum of one year of clinical RN experience required (acute care nursing experience preferred)
  • Note: the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for this program.

Prerequisite Courses

The following courses or their equivalent, if not already taken as part of your master's program, must be completed by the time you begin your first practicum.

NURS 610 Health Assessment (3)

NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology (4)

NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Transcripts must be reviewed for course equivalency/substitution. Additional information and a program advisor are available for consultation.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 7.0, PTE-A: 54
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks in advance each time before you plan to come to the U.S. for your coursework. The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the time period that you will be in the U.S. This is so that we can issue a DS-2019 for you to be able to apply for a J1 visa.

Certificate Program Transfer Credit Policy

Our graduate certificate programs feature highly specialized learning outcomes determined by our expert faculty. Therefore, to ensure that certificate graduates attain this specialized knowledge, students will need to complete all certificate coursework directly from this UNC program.

Request Information


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
5 terms (less than 2 years)
$620/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC


Request Information