Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner working with patients

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AG ACNP) provide a variety of patient care needs from disease to prevention. The role of the AGACNP is to care for patients with complex, acute conditions.

They focus on preventing future complications while improving the health of the patient. The AG ACNP role can also include teaching, leadership and research.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus, Online

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This 18-credit graduate adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG ACNP) certificate prepares students for certification and licensure as adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AG ACNP). Practicum placements at UWM College of Nursing are a collaborative effort. Students enrolling in this certificate should be APRN-prepared nurses (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Midwife and/or Certificated Registered Nurse Anesthetist).

Upon completing the certificate requirements, students will be eligible to sit for the AG ACNP national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACCN). After certification, the AGACNP is eligible to apply for licensure in all fifty states.

Gainful Employment

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations.

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a standalone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a standalone certificate program who are seeking financial assistance may be eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

FastChoice is a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.

Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

For previously enrolled students who have been awarded federal financial aid, see the Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information.

The certificate has a Spring start with courses every semester (Spring, Summer and Fall).

CourseCourse Number Credits
Advanced Practice Nursing Adult- Gero Chronic IllnessNURS 7023
Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum INURS 8223
Advanced Practice Nursing Adult-Gero Acute IllnessNURS 7033
Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum IINURS 8233
Advanced Practice Nursing Adult-Gero Critical IllnessNURS 7043
Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum IIINURS 8243

A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Time Limit

Certificate program time is one year from the time of enrollment.

The admission requirements of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care graduate certificate are consistent with those requirements specified by the UWM’s Graduate School. The admission requirements for the advanced practice certificate programs are in transition. Contact College of Nursing Student Affairs Academic Advisor prior to submitting an application. In addition, students must also meet the following requirements for the College of Nursing (more details in the application)

  • A master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing from an accredited program providing preparation as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetist.   
  • Certification in their current advanced practice registered nurse specialty as applicable. 
  • Completion with a grade of B or better of a graduate-level course in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment. Evidence of current prescriptive authority in the state of Wisconsin will be accepted in place of advanced pharmacology.  
  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse in the state of Wisconsin.  
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, two (2) of which are from persons most knowledgeable about the applicant’s recent academic and work experiences.   
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).  
  • Personal statement that includes rationale for certificate study and career goals.  
  • Personal interview with a faculty member may be requested.  
  • One year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty, such as adult medical surgical units, ICU, PACU or ED 
  • All applicants- even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program- must apply to the UWM Graduate School through the Panthera admission application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing six credits in the certificate sequence.
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing from an accredited program providing preparation as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager
Important Dates
Application Deadline

May 15
(Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis per space availability)
Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager