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

Admission Requirements

  • Possess both a BSN degree and an MSN degree from accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) programs in nursing, with a GPA of 3.00 or better (4.00 scale).
    If you are still completing your master's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional academic stipulations to remain enrolled at UNC.
  • 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 iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60
  • 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 before you plan to arrive in the U.S. for your coursework (and again each time you travel to campus). The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can pay for the cost of tuition and living expenses for the days that you will be in the U.S. This is required before we can provide you with a DS-2019 form, which you will need when you 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.

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

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC


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