2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate

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The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certificate prepares students to provide advanced level care in complex, acute, and critical settings for adult and geriatric patients.  AGACNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients by ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic tests, perform procedures, coordinate care to manage acute, subacute, and complex patients, as well as those with chronic illness, and evaluate the outcomes of interventions for patients.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner and will be eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Admission Requirements

Requirements for MSN Post-Licensure Admission

  1. Grade Point Average
    • A minimum 3.25 GPA for unconditional admission and a minimum 3.0 GPA for conditional admission
  2. Prerequisites must be completed within the last five years
    • Advanced Pathophysiology
    • Advanced Pharmacology
    • Advanced Physical Assessment
  3. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the evaluated equivalency.
  4. Active California Registered Nursing (RN) License
  5. Three Recommendations completed on forms provided
    • Must be from sources who can personally attest to the candidate’s potential for scholarly and professional success: one personal, one academic, and one employer. Family members and friends may not complete recommendations.
  6. Professional Resume that includes current practice with a minimum of two (2) years of work experience as RN for APRN concentrations (Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist).
  7. A Comprehensive essay of no more than 1000 words in APA 7th edition format that includes the following elements:
    • Purpose for entering the program
  8. Students are expected to work as a registered nurse during the program to gain clinical experience.

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