Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Increase your scope of practice.

Completion of the 15 month Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) post-graduate certificate program will enable primary care family nurse practitioners and adult-geriatric nurse practitioners to expand their current knowledge, increase their scope of practice, and provide care to adults experiencing acute and unstable conditions. 

Designed to support working professionals.

  • On-campus courses are held once per month in a 3-day block (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
  • Students may complete many clinical hours in their home communities and work towards focused sub-specialties in Hospital Medicine/ICU, Cardiology, and Emergency Medicine/Trauma.

Graduates will be prepared for advanced practice in acute care environments including inpatient, emergency and critical care units. AG-ACNPs make valuable contributions in urban centers as well as rural, resource limited, communities. 


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

Typical Program of Study* 

The AG-ACNP curriculum requires five consecutive quarters of full-time study and completion of a minimum of 38 credit hours. Students interested in completing the AG-ACNP certification as part of the DNP program should meet with a DNP advisor to create an individual program of study.

Fall IWinterSpringSummerFall II
NURS 5400: Pharmacology for Inpatient Care (2)
NURS 5401: Diagnostics and Procedures for Acute Care (4)
NURS 5402: Acute Care Theory I (5)
NURS 5403: Acute Care Practicum I (3)
NURS 5404: Acute Care Theory II (5)
NURS 5405: Acute Care Practicum II (3)
NURS 5406: Critical Care Pharmacology (2)
NURS 5407: Acute Care Theory III (5)
NURS 5408: Acute Care Practicum III (3)
NURS 5409: Acute Care Specialty Clinical (6)
Total Credits: 6 Total Credits: 8 Total Credits: 8 Total Credits: 10 Total Credits: 6

* A typical program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability. Current students should consult with their advisor and official SU graduate catalog for program requirements. 

Admission Requirements

  • Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner or an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Graduate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program and a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Statement of professional and personal goals. Include reasons for choosing the AG-ACNP program as well as the fit with the Seattle University and College of Nursing mission and values.
  • Résumé specifying education and work experience (two years of work experience preferred).
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source; the other from an employer). Both must address the applicant’s potential for success in an acute care advanced practice nursing program.
  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and nonrefundable $55 application fee (fee waived for Seattle University alumni).
  • If English is not applicant’s native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university’s entrance requirements must be submitted. See policy 2008-01 in Admission Policies for details. Admission through Culture and Language Bridge Program is not an option. 

Prerequisite Coursework

Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion*
Advanced Pathophysiology*
Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing Care *
Differential Diagnosis
Epidemiology / Population Health
Ethics and Health Policy
Critical Inquiry / Research
Advanced Nursing Practice Roles
Primary Care Management

*Must be taken within 3 years of application, unless applicant has maintained current clinical practice.