Post-Master’s Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

For many nurses with a graduate degree in nursing, the end goal is becoming a nurse practitioner. Marquette University’s Post-Master’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program in Indianapolis is designed to help current registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing— including nurse practitioners in other advanced practice specialties — earn post-masters certificate in the high-demand adult-gerontology acute care specialty.

In addition to offering convenient online coursework and a curriculum customized to your needs, we eliminate the stress of needing to find preceptorships by lining them up for you. This way you can focus your efforts exclusively on your AGACNP studies.

AGACNP students

Program Overview

Combining online coursework with hands-on experience, this program allows you to earn AGACNP certification without needing to put your career on hold. Your academic plan will be customized based on your individual experience and educational background, allowing you to make the transition from to AGACNP sooner.

  • Avoid the stress and inconvenience of arranging your own preceptorships; Marquette’s unique relationship with health networks in the Indianapolis area allows us to line up preceptors for you.
  • Upon completion of the certificate program, you’ll be eligible to take the board examination required to earn the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGACNP-BC) or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification-Adult-Gerontology (ACNPC-AG) credential.
  • Complete online coursework designed to build on your existing graduate degree to prepare you to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to the complex problems facing adults today.
  • Earn your post-master’s certificate for AGACNP from a prestigious, non-profit university

Admissions Requirements

In order to qualify for admission to the AGACNP certificate program, students must have:

  • A graduate degree in nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a nationally accredited program
  • A valid, unrestricted Indiana RN license
  • A valid Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate from the American Heart Association
  • One year of experience caring for adults in an acute care setting

Nursing Application Materials

Prospective students must apply for the program via the Nursing CAS application portal. Note: an application fee of $70 for first-time applicants is due to Nursing CAS at the time of application. Applicants who graduated through Marquette University’s Direct Entry MSN program apply directly to the Marquette Graduate School through Slate.

The below material must be submitted:

  • Program application: Students must select the Indiana Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Program option
  • GRE score: Please note that the GRE is waived for those with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A resume or CV
  • A written statement of professional goals: Statement must reasons for pursuing graduate study and be limited to two double-spaced pages
  • For international applicants only: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or other proof of English proficiency

AGACNP Certificate Program Curriculum

Foundation Courses — 9 Credits

  • NURS 6030 — Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 6032 — Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing
  • NURS 6035 — Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Specialty Courses — 21 Credits

  • NURS 6037 — Management of Episodic Health Problems
  • NURS 6240 — Complex Health Problems
  • NURS 6335 — Differential Diagnosis and Advanced Skills for the Acutely Ill Adult
  • NURS 6340 — Complex Acute Care Problems
  • NURS 6351 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–1 Practicum
  • NURS 6352 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–2 Practicum
  • NURS 6353 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–3 Practicum

Talk to an admissions adviser today to learn more about the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program.

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