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Online courses, flexible schedule

In this online nursing program, you’ll gain specialized knowledge that prepares you for advanced clinical practice as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). This flexible online program offers a practical, affordable path to an Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) credential and national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

UNC’s graduate certificate program offers top-notch instruction and expert faculty, and places special emphasis on evidence-based practice. You’ll gain expertise in health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and coordination of care in critically ill patients, with a focus on rural populations. With more than 500 hours of supervised clinical instruction, the program helps you build practical skills and first-hand experience. After completing this program and successfully passing a national certification exam, you'll be eligible for a range of opportunities within, and across, healthcare settings.

State Eligibility

Requirements and regulations vary from state-to-state for NP education programs. 

If you live outside of Colorado contact Lisa Grimes at lisa.grimes@unco.edu to learn more about specific requirements. 

Degree Option

Post Master's Graduate Certificate: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This part-time, online graduate program prepares you to manage patients in acute care, critical care, specialty units, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities. You’ll acquire skills to deliver care to patients with critical, acute and chronic illnesses. The course sequence takes about 20 months to complete and includes four distinct practicums, totaling about 540 hours of clinical training.

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Online/Greeley Program

Your Future in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practice

Demand is rapidly growing for highly-trained advanced practice nurses specializing in adult-gerontology acute care. Acute care nurse practitioners can work in acute and post-acute care settings that span the continuum of acute, critical, and unstable or complex chronic illness.

Consider UNC’s AGACNP post master's certificate if you want to:

  • Gain a credential as an Advance Practice Nurse (APN/APRN)
  • Strengthen your leadership and clinical skills
  • Work with diverse populations
  • Expand your sphere of professional responsibility and decision-making authority

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced practice standards and techniques
  • Management of care for acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Critical thinking and communication

Sample courses:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Acute Care Skills
  • Foundations in Public Health for Advanced Practice Nurses

Where can your degree take you?

Nursing leadership positions

Nursing leadership positions

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities in clinics, rehabilitation centers, community health settings and other venues

Treatment of acute and critically ill patients

Treatment of acute and critically ill patients

Advanced patient care roles 

Advanced patient care roles

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