Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post-Graduate Certificate

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This Post-Master’s Certificate is for nurses who have already earned an MSN degree, but are not yet licensed in this specialty area.

Track Description

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares nurses for advanced practice in acute care. The AGACNP cares for adult/gerontology patients with medically-complex, stable and unstable acute, critical, and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to sub-acute, ambulatory care, clinic, and home care environments. The AGACNP provides a spectrum of care from disease prevention to acute and critical care management. The curriculum provides a strong scientific foundation for practicing in the current health care environment, teaches flexibility, and focuses on evidence-based practice and leadership.

Upon graduation, students are qualified to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center AGACNP or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses ACNP board certification examination and state license to practice in the advanced practice role. Enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Post-Master’s program is an option after completing this program.

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Application Requirements

UCF General Education Requirements 

UCF requires all prospective student to fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Nursing Program Requirements

  • Transcript: an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • BSN and MSN degree: must be from regionally accredited institutions and the nursing program must be accredited either by CCNE or ACEN.
  • Undergraduate Statistics Course
  • GRE: an official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years. (Effective with the Spring 2019 application deadline of Sept. 15, 2018, a competitive GRE score will no longer be required.)
  • RN License: must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Florida (Out of state applicants must be eligible for RN license in Florida and must obtain RN license to begin clinical courses)
  • Written Essay: address the following three items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
    2. Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
    3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in US health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect 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.
  • Interview: an interview with faculty may also be required.

Optional for All Applicants

  • ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI report that is available during the GRE examination. All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233).

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International Applicants

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Written Essay Parameters

  • Total word count for entire essay—not each item—500 words or less
  • double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

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 advisor to discuss your goals for graduate study.

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Program Director


Christopher Blackwell,
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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  • Apply by Sept. 15
    (Spring start)
  • Prerequisites: 12 credit hours
  • Program: 22 credit hours
  • 540 clinical hours
  • 60-120 laboratory hours
  • Part-time = 4 semesters
  • Specialty courses mixed-mode
  • Other courses online
  • Extensive skill building and simulation experiences