What Is a Post-Master’s AGACNP Certificate?
Lifelong learning and ongoing professional development are particularly important in the medical field. A post-master’s certificate at Grand Canyon University enables nurse practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills in a specialty area. The Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Certificate is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. It’s available to students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and wish to enhance their career qualifications.
The post masters online acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) program focuses on adult and geriatric acute care patients. It also focuses on sub-acute patients and those who suffer from exacerbations of chronic diseases. Classes are available through GCU’s online learning platform in select states. Students must undergo a supervised clinical/practicum and two on-campus experiences at GCU. In addition to classroom instruction, students are guided in hands-on, experiential activities to sharpen their skills.
The AGNP certification program is designed to align with the standards established by the following organizations:
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
- American Nursing Association (ANA)
- Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Take Classes That Mirror Real Care Situations
A blend of classroom instruction and hands-on experience in a collaborative environment comprise this post-master’s certificate program. Students prepare to provide advanced practice nursing care in acute, critical and complex care settings. Working through an evidence-based AGACNP certification program, students “practice hands on skills” of advanced health assessments, clinical diagnostics, procedural skill acquisition and the care management of diverse patient populations. Graduates are prepared to confidently lead nursing teams, make ethical decisions and skillfully communicate to diverse audiences. Some of the specific courses students take include the following:
- Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning with Skills Lab
- Health Promotion and Maintenance and On-Campus Experience I
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I and II
This post-master’s acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner certificate includes 675 hours of directly supervised clinical practice to align with national norms. Students are required to attend two on-campus experiences. The clinical experiences explore the physiological and psychosocial effects of acute and critical illnesses.
During the first on-campus experience, there are emphases on simulation experiences, skills, procedures, and specific lectures to prepare for clinical. The experience also focuses on examining community resources and integrating family and support systems into care. The second on-campus experience reinforces the foundational knowledge of advanced Pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment in preparing for the scope of a nurse practitioner. This experience also focuses on the preparation for the National certification board exam.
Career Opportunities as an AGACNP With a Post-Master Certificate
Nurses qualified as AGACNPs specialize in diagnosing and treating the acute medical conditions of patients from adolescence into advanced age. Some of the main objectives of an AGNP are to:
- Stabilize the patient
- Lower the risk of complications
- Restore the patient to optimal health
- Offer palliative care
- Make appropriate referrals to specialists
Since AGACNPs focus on acute care and chronic care management, they may pursue work at hospitals, clinics and other outpatient facilities.As an alternative to working directly with patients, some AGACNPs may decide to pursue opportunities as postsecondary nursing instructors.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.