2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

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College: Nursing Degree: CRT
Department: Nursing
Program Websites: http://www.nursing.ucf.edu

Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master’s certificate prepares the advanced practice nurse to care for patients with medically complex stable and unstable acute, critical and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to subacute, ambulatory care, clinic and home care environments. The certificate provides a spectrum of care from disease prevention to acute and critical care management.

The curriculum prepares students for both the AGACNP board certification examination administered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult-Gerontology certification examination administered through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please visit the program website.


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate prepares nurses who have already completed their graduate education for entry-level advanced practice in acute care. The program prepares graduates to enter the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. The curriculum offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis, and provides analytic, critical thinking, and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations. The certificate requires 23 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.

Total Credit Hours Required: 23 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission is open to those with MSN Degrees and are licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse, but who are not prepared as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN and MSN degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Licensure as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 2 items in a written essay. Responses to both questions should not exceed 1 page, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins:
    • Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals. 
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue of the problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.     
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for post-master’s preparation for advanced nursing practice.

Upon admission to the program student will be required to complete FDLE/FBI fingerprinting and certified background checks, and health screening. Students must be able to meet clinical partner background requirements to continue in the program.

The College of Nursing has implemented a database, LEAP*RN to manage information regarding student coursework and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription for a fee payable directly to LEAP*RN. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. 

Application Deadlines

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants     Oct 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Christopher Blackwell PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-2744
UTWR 453

Graduate Admissions

Jennifer Yuhas
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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