The post-master’s certificate program is open to nurses who have already earned an MSN degree and are already licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse. The certificate program allows APRNs to add an additional specialty to their practice.

Nurses who do not meet these requirements should refer to the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which offers three specialty areas: AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP.

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 healthcare environment, teaches flexibility, and focuses on evidence-based practice and leadership.

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
  • ARNP License in State of Florida (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Written Essay: address the following two items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
    2. 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: 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.

International Applicants

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Licensure or Certification

UCF is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) programs (MSN, Post-Bachelor’s DNP and Post-Master’s Certificate) are accredited nationally by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and meet the educational eligibility criteria for national certification, which is a requirement for obtaining the license to practice in the state of Florida as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).

Graduates of UCF’s AGACNP MSN, AGACNP Post-Bachelor’s DNP or AGACNP Post-Master’s Certificate program are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) National Board Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology (ACNP-AG) National Board Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Passing either of these certification exams meets the requirements for nurse practitioner board certification nationwide and the license requirements for the state of Florida

We are unable to confirm the licensure requirements of other states, territories, or foreign entities. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements for licensure and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.

You are welcome to contact the respective program director with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

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Written Essay Requirements

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 a DNP advisor to discuss your goals for doctoral study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.

  • One page
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

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Program Director


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

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