University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jun 07, 2023  

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Graduate Certificate

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Advanced Graduate Certificate program prepares nurses who completed a minimum of an MSN  and/or nurses who are licensed and nationally certified as an APRN to provide advanced practice in acute care settings through a program of study focused on the care of acutely ill patients and their families. An AGACNP can diagnose and treat medical conditions. In collaboration with the physician and other members of the healthcare team, AGACNPs provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings from hospital admission through discharge.

Note: Students who are enrolled in this program solely are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Contact Information

Stephanie S. DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0134
Reno, NV 89557

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

Program Objectives

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education

  1. Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.
  3. Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  4. Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated healthcare to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with and emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Respect diversity to address complex healthcare needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations, and communities, in the role of nurse leader, education, and/or advanced practice nurse.
  6. Participate in the ethical organization, management, and policy negotiations of healthcare delivery systems to use advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  7. Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality healthcare practices.
  8. Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory, research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AGACNP certificate, the graduate is able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states.
  2. Implements clinical reasoning and builds collaborative intra- and interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to patients.
  3. Provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population within the acute and critical care settings through incorporation of health promotion, health protections, disease prevention and treatment.
  4. Impart knowledge and individualize therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.
  5. Apply evidence based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of health care.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Orvis School of Nursing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Graduate Certificate include:

  • Successful completion of a Master’s of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN academic institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Current unrestricted/unencumbered licensure as an RN in Nevada or eligible for licensure in Nevada.

Applicants must meet both the University’s Graduate School requirements and the Orvis School of Nursing MSN requirements. Applicants should begin by completing an application to the University’s Graduate School.
The following must be submitted along with the application:

  • A resume that includes education, professional and community service experience.
  • A letter of intent should be single spaced, 12 point font, and no longer than 1,000 words. Explain why you have chosen the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing for your graduate studies.
  • Identify which track (AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, EDU, or CNL) you have chosen to pursue and describe how you envision functioning in this role as part of an inter-professional team.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.

The deadline for fall admission is March 1 and the spring admission deadline is Oct. 1. Admission for the AGACNP, PMHNP and FNP Advanced Degree (Post-Master’s) Certificate vary depending on entry plan. 

I. Program Requirements

II. Program Total Hours 17-26* units

*Providing review of transcripts represents completion of core coursework (AGACNP) from full time plan of study.