Q: Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone with 500 contact hours of nurse practitioner clinical and current certification as an Adult NP, Gero NP, Adult-Gero NP or Family NP is eligible to apply for this specialty certificate.
Q: When do you accept applications?
We admit students for the spring semester each year for this specialty. The deadline for applications is July 1.
Q: How long is the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program?
Three semesters for the expedited program or four semesters for the extended program. See the new graduate program plans and the experienced working program plans. Spring and fall semesters are 16 weeks each, and summer semester is 10 weeks. Each credit is 45 hours. (attach program plan PDFs to “graduate program plans” and “experienced working program plans”)
Q: Is the program online?
Yes; the courses are online except for clinical experiences, which may be completed at any hospital. You may not use your current job for clinical hours, but may complete the hours at the same hospital.
Q: How many clinical hours will be required?
You must complete an additional 360 contact hours in acute care settings over the three or four semesters.
Q: I work in a hospital; can I complete clinical hours at my current job?
These hours cannot come from your current job, but can be completed at any hospital. Work hours do not count; however, you may complete clinical hours at the hospital where you work.
Q: Will this prepare me to sit for acute care certification?
Yes, this was designed to allow you to sit for the adult gerontology acute care certification through ANCC.