Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate

This program is offered online in selected states. Please contact us for more information.

The Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate program prepares experienced registered nurses to provide competent advanced practice nursing care in complex, acute, and critical care settings through an evidence-based program of study.

This nursing certificate program combines courses in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acutely and chronically ill adult and geriatric patients. Clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on the patient, family, and community, and prepare the ACNP-AG in the diagnosis and management of acute and life-threatening health problems.

Pathology, psychology, legal and ethical issues related to gerontology care are also studied as a means to better help you diagnose and make decisions that are safe and appropriate for individual situations.

The post-master nursing certificate program emphasis in adult gerontology includes 550 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with qualified preceptors. Three practicum courses and three didactic courses help you refine your diagnostic, decision-making, procedural and care management abilities toward patients. Youll also further explore the physiological and psychological impact of acute care on patients and their families.

Advanced pharmacology plays an important role for the ACNP and patient. Inter- and intra- professional relationships are studied. Drug action, treatment of endocrine, cardiovascular disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological, infectious diseases, and respiratory disorders. In addition, pain management, the patient in the intensive care unit, toxicology, medication error prevention, and medication management during transitions of care are also addressed.

Select states may have additional requirements to meet the standards in that state. Students should reference their Enrollment Agreement for state specific requirement.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and masters degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.