Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program prepares acute care nurse practitioners to provide advanced practice nursing care to acutely and/or critically ill adults. The program requires one calendar year of intense study including advanced clinical practice and theory. The program is built upon a core of advanced assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared to conduct comprehensive physical assessments, appraise health risks and promote health behaviors, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose
and manage commonly occurring health problems and diseases. The program consists of 16 credits of graduate level course work and 525 hours of clinical practice.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold an MSN from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale for master's degree program
  • Recent adult/critical care experience (within the past three years)
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses: graduate-level pharmacology, pathophysiology, and advanced assessment
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

Application Deadline

Applications to the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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