This 18-credit post 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). 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 (AACN). Once nationally certified the AG ACNP is eligible to apply for licensure in all fifty states.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

Eligibility

  • A master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
  • Completion with a grade of B or better in a graduate-level course in pathophysiology, and a comprehensive assessment within 5 years of the start of program, and pharmacology within 3 years of the start of the program. Evidence of prescriptive authority in the state of Wisconsin will be accepted in place of graduate pharmacology.
  • RN License from 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. Personal interviews with a faculty member may be requested.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (applicants admitted will submit official transcripts after admission is accepted).
  • Upload Personal Statement to address the following topics:
    • Rationale for program
    • Strengths you bring to graduate study in Nursing at UWM
    • Professional activities since earning master’s degree in nursing
    • Long-range career goals
  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important campus dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Application

  • 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 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (4.00 scale) to be considered for admission.
Course Plan

Course Plan

SPRING
(Start of Certificate Program)
 SUMMER FALL 
NURS 702 Advanced Practice Nursing Adult- Gero Chronic Illness3 crNURS 703 Advanced Practice Nursing Adult Gero Acute Illness3 crNURS 704 Advanced Practice Nursing Adult Gero Critical Illness3 cr
NURS 822 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum I3 crNURS 823 Adult-Gero Acute Care Practicum II3 crNURS 824 Adult Gero Acute Care NP Practicum III3 cr
Certificate Requirements

Transfer Credit

No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.