Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare nurses to care for patients who are acutely and critically ill across the continuum of acute care services. Students gain a strong background in advanced assessment, therapeutics, and technology. Emphasis is placed on integrating didactic knowledge with patient management and advanced technical skills.

Graduates are eligible to take the national professional certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Adult-Gerontology ACNP curriculum meets requirements for AACN Certification Corporation’s ACNPC-AG certification exam. The program is certified for advanced practice/nurse practitioner status by the New York State Education Department.

The Program Director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is Mary Johnson, DNP, ACNP-C.

Clinical Sites

Clinical experiences include intensive care (cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, medicine and more), specialty services such as heart failure, transplant and acute coronary service, emergency department and fast track. Clinical sites are located in the NY metropolitan area.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages.

Admission criteria include:

*RN's with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are required to complete 5 credits in community health in addition to the course requirement listed. The courses that fulfill the community health requirement are N6703, The Science of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community (3 didactic credits) and N5292, Nursing Practice in the Community (2 clinical credits).


For Applicants Who Hold an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing
A sample program plan is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Sample Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credits Type
Summer I: 9 Credits
N6100 Advanced Physiology 3 Core
N6826 Evaluation and Application of Research 3 Core
N8786 Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Fall I: 12 Credits
Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3 Core
Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult I 3 Specialty
Advanced Pharmacology 3 Core
Advanced Clinical Assessment: Acute Care 1 Specialty
Practicum in Critical/Acute Care for the Nurse Practitioner 2 Specialty
Spring I: 8 Credits
N6839 Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult II 3 Specialty
N6930 Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention for Health Care Professionals 1 Core
N6940 Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1 Core
N8820 Advanced Practicum in Critical Care for the Nurse Practitioner 3 Specialty
Summer II: 8 Credits
N6920 Health and Social Policy: The Context for Practice and Research 3 Core
N8823 Advanced Practicum in Acute Care 3 Specialty
N8843 Acute Care Independent Study 2 Specialty
Fall II: 8 Credits
N8825 Integration Practicum in Critical Care for the Nurse Practitioner 5 Specialty
N9290 Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Core
Total Credits 45  

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