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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty prepares nurses to provide care for adult and older adult patients with acute, critical and complex chronic illnesses. The need for appropriately educated and certified adult-gerontology acute care NPs has increased over the past 10 years. The demand continues to grow for the specialized advanced practice nurse.

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Plans of Study

Nurse practitioner students are prepared to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to their patients within their specialty. AG-ACNP's are prepared to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients experiencing acute or chronic illness and to develop, manage and evaluate the care within hospitals and health care systems. This specialty is designed to meet the educational and clinical competency requirements for professional certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

*Additional Certificate Information Post-Graduate Certificate Information

A post-graduate certificate is available in this specialty.​

Gainful Employment and Program Statistics for Post-Graduate Certificate

For more information regarding graduation rates, the median debt of students completing our certificate programs and other important information, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.​​​​​​​​

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Gainful Employment Disclosure​​

Recent graduate currently working, or experience as staff nurse in acute care.
  • Transcript documentation of 500 clinical hours in a previous NP program (ANP/AGNP/GNP/FNP/AGPCNP).
  • Transcript documentation of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment (The 3 P's).
  • Please see the Post-Graduate Certificate Plan of Study. Program plans may include additional semesters depending on the gap analysis completed from their original program.


​When do you accept applications?

We admit students for the MS and BS-DNP programs every year for Fall Semester admission. We admit students for the Post-Graduate Certificate program for Spring Semester admission. Please see Application Deadlines.

How long will it take to complete the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program?​

Please see the AGACNP Plans of Study. The AGACNP MS Program is completed in 2 years and 10 months (8 semesters) as a full-time student. The AGACNP BS-DNP program is completed in a little more than 4 years (13 semesters). The AGACNP PGC program is completed in 1 year (3 semesters).

Are the NP programs offered completely online or in class?​

The courses are offered in an online format with some classes having in-class intensives.

​Will I be required to travel to Colorado?

Most students can complete the program at a distance online but will need to be able to attend on-campus intensives. It is advised students contact student affairs to discuss their specific state requirements prior to applying to the program.

​Do the NP programs have a clinical requirement?

Yes. The AGACNP program requires 14 credits of clinical experience, which equals to 630 clinical hours for the MS.

​Do I have to find my own clinical placement?

The University of Colorado College of Nursing is responsible for ensuring adequate and sufficient clinical experiences for students in all programs, including students enrolled in distance programs. Clinical placements are arranged by the University of Colorado College of Nursing for students who live in the Denver Metropolitan Seven-County area (Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Broomfield, and Boulder counties.) For those who live outside of the Denver Metropolitan area, the students are asked to take the primary role in identifying their preceptors. The Specialty Director will assess the preceptor qualifications and student learning needs and will make the final determination regarding student- preceptor match. This process can take several months to achieve an affiliation agreement, so we highly recommend providing information about an institution to your Specialty Director shortly after program admission. However, if a rural or out-of-state student is unable to find a clinical preceptor(s)/site, the CON will provide a clinical site, which may NOT be in the geographic location of the student but will provide the student an adequate experience to meet the program outcomes. Additionally, if there is a concern of a clinical practice, a student may be asked to complete the clinical time in the Denver Metropolitan area for more direct observation and assessment by the CU CON faculty/Specialty Director.

Will this prepare me to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP certification?​

Yes, successful program completion will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and make students eligible to sit for national certification with ANCC or AACN West, depending on which examination you choose.

Can I take a course before I apply?​

Yes, you may take up to 12 semester credits as a non-degree student prior to being accepted to the program. You must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course. Non-degree students register on a space available basis during open enrollment just prior to the beginning of the semester. Please see the Office of Professional Development for more information.