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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Graduate Certificate

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate will prepare you to provide advanced nursing care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP) students learn a wide variety of procedures and gain experience in moderate to high-acuity clinical settings where patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies.

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The demand for AG-ACNP's has grown rapidly along with the complexity in the acute healthcare environment. They provide advanced nursing and specialized care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. In addition to managing patient care, they utilize invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability.

In this role, you may work in a variety of acute and hospital-based settings such as specialty clinics, emergency departments, and acute, sub-acute, and intensive/critical care areas, as well as post-acute settings including homes, ambulatory care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take either the ANCC or AACN examinations for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP. 2021 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 96.3% on board certification examinations.

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Coursework

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements
NURS 60129ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I 3
NURS 60130ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II 1
NURS 60230ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III 4
NURS 60330ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV 2
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61092ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Certificate GPA Minimum Overall GPA
3.000 3.000
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in nursing or a doctorate in nursing practice from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s) of all previous graduate coursework1
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which practicum hours will be completed
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Goal statement (no more than 250 words) describing reasons for seeking the certificate in the identified specialty and professional goals
  • Syllabi of all courses to considered for transfer in the gap analysis
  • Three letters of reference from health care professionals or faculty members
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:2
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score
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Transcript(s) must indicate completion of graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment, with a minimum B grade earned in each course. Applicants who do not meet the grade requirement for advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment may be considered for a conditional admission. For applicants who have not practiced as an advanced practice registered nurse within the two-year period preceding application to the certificate, completion of graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment must not be greater than five years old at the time of the student's first semester of course registration in the certificate.

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International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: March 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Priority deadline: November 1
  • Summer Term
    • Priority deadline: March 1

Applications submitted by these deadlines will receive the strongest consideration for admission.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Why Kent State?
  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Many online courses
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP course instructors:

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Kristine Jacobson
MSN, APRN - CNS/CNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCNS, CNRN
Concentration Coordinator

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Lisa Onesko
DNP, APRN-BC
DNP Program Director & Professor

 

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Accolades & Accreditation

The Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to award the Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree. Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the National Certification and Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). For specific state RN licensure, students should contact the states in which they are interested in working. See the National Council of State Boards website and the Kent State Professional Licensure website for specific information about each state.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.

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