Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) post-graduate certificate is for the training of advanced practice nurses to manage adults with critically complex and acute episodic illnesses experienced in both the clinic and hospital setting.

This certificate is available for nurses who already hold a MSN degree or nurse practitioners who are licensed as family or adult nurse practitioners. The AGACNP certificate can be incorporated as part of the DNP program or as a stand alone post-masters certificate.

This certificate will satisfy requirements for taking the AGACNP certification exam from the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

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Fast Facts

The AGACNP Post-Graduate Certificate program starts each fall for those candidates who are RN's with MSN degrees, but are not NP's.  The deadline is February 1st to apply. 

For those candidates who already are NP's, their starting term is each spring.  These candidates should apply by February 1st along side the other candidates.

For those who are already NP's, who miss the February 1st deadline, you can submit a complete application and materials by October 1st, and if there is space available you may be considered to start in the spring term. 

Delivery: Campus – Students are required to be on campus each Wednesday

Length: 5 semesters, unless you are already an NP then it is 4 semesters

Start Term:

  • Fall (August) for students who are not already NP’s
  • Spring (January) for students who are already NP’s

Application Deadline:

  • February 1st for all candidates (non-NP’s and NP’s)
  • October 1st for NP’s who missed the February 1st deadline.  Selection of additional candidates will be based solely on whether there are any available seats to start the proceeding spring term.  If there are no seats open, no additional candidates will be admitted. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts from MSN degree
  • 3.0 graduate nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited MSN program
  • Official GRE scores of 290 or higher
    • The requirement of official GRE scores will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate nursing GPA
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Intent
    • A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. Should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Copy of valid Florida RN or APRN License
    • Out of state applicants must have valid RN or APRN license from a US state and be eligible for license endorsement in the state of Florida.
  • One year of professional nursing experience in a critical care setting and advanced cardiac life support certification is required prior to beginning the first clinical course.  A critical care setting is an ICU (MICU, CCU, CVICU, NICU and SICU qualify).  An ED or ER setting does not qualify as critical care experience when applying to the AGACNP program.       
  • If the applicant’s primary language is not English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam will be required.
    • Minimum internet-based TOEFL score: 79

    • Minimum paper-based TOEFL score: 550

    • Minimum IELTS band score: 6.5

  • Interview required for all APRN program candidates who are qualified
  • For APRN programs, background checks are required for all students participating in clinical practice. Information on the background check may need to be released to clinical agencies for permission to participate at the clinical site. If clinical placement is denied by the agency, and an alternate site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program.


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Traditional/Paper Transcripts

Please use the following address to send traditional transcripts:

Jacksonville University

Attention: Graduate Admissions

2800 University Blvd. North

Jacksonville, FL 32211-3321


Electronic Transcripts

Jacksonville University partners with Parchment to receive official transcripts. We also accept transcripts from: Speede, National Student Clearinghouse, Credentials Solutions, eScript Safe, GreenLight Credentials and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agencies.



  • NUR 501 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NUR 504 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

AGACNP Courses

  • NUR 553 Advanced Role Practicum for the Nurse Practitioner (4 credits)*  OR NUR 555 Advanced Practicum for Nurse Practitioner Specializations (1-4 credits**)
  • NUR 563 Adult Gerontology Acute Care I (3 credits)
  • NUR 564 Adult Gerontology Acute Care II (3 credits)
  • NUR 565 Advanced Acute Care Pharmacology (1 credit)
  • NUR 566 Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills (1 credit)
  • NUR 567 Advanced Acute Care Discharge Planning and Health Promotion (1 credit)
  • NUR 568 Adult Gerontology Acute Care III (3 credits)

 Total Credit Hours: 22-25

*Students who are seeking their first certification as an NP are required to take NUR 553 as part of their progression plan. Students who are already licensed as an NP will take NUR 555 as part of their progression plan.

**Dependent upon the number of hours required to fulfill curriculum and/or certification requirements.

All students who are currently licensed as an APRN are eligible to bring in transfer credit for these courses, reducing the certificate to 16 total credits required.

AGACNP Post-Master's certificate program has met ANCC's (American Nurses Credentialing Center) certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program, in its entirety, have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population.

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Tonya Alford

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

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