This 18-credit postgraduate 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). After certification, the AG ACNP is eligible to apply for licensure in all fifty states.

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Eligibility and Admission Requirements


  • 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

Priority Application Date: August 15 for spring start


  • 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

(Start of Certificate Program)
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

Grade Point Average Requirement

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

Time Limit

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

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor