Hybrid-Online AGACNP Program for APRNs Only

UCF’s hybrid-online Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) graduate certificate program prepares APRNs for advanced practice in acute care, focusing on patients 18 years and older. The AGACNP cares for adult or 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.

Students will take course work corresponding to the eight DNP essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Enrolling in the Advanced Practice post-master’s DNP program is an option after completing this program.


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No GRE requirement

Apply annually by Sept. 1 for Spring
Program Length:  Part-time, 4 semesters
Program Type: Hybrid
Credit Hours: 23
Clinical Hours: 660


This is a post-master’s certificate program, which is open to nurses who have already earned an MSN degree and are a licensed APRN seeking to add a specialty to their practice.

Nurses who do not meet these requirements should consider our post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

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Is this program for me?
To apply to this program, you will need to meet the following:
  • You fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements (see Admissions section of the UCF Graduate Catalog).
  • You have a bachelor’s degree (BSN) and master’s degree (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You have completed and passed an undergraduate statistics course.
  • You have an APRN license in the State of Florida.
  • You have completed the prerequisite courses.
Do I need to be an advanced practice nurse to apply?

Yes. The AGACNP Graduate Certificate program is open only to currently board-certified nurse practitioners, midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists who have earned a graduate degree in their current focus specialty.

If you do not meet these requirements, please consider our post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Are courses online, live, or mixed mode?

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) graduate certificate program at UCF College of Nursing is offered in a mixed mode format with reduced on-campus seat time.

  • Lab courses (NGR 5003L, 6230L) are offered live and require attendance on a one-day, once per week, basis.
  • AGACNP clinical courses (NGR 6211L, 6212L, 6215L) require attendance at a one-day per semester simulation workshop.
  • Examination reviews, focused on preparation for board certification, are provided live on-campus. While optional, they are highly recommended.

All on-campus requirements are subject to change. Lab and intensive dates are sent out as far in advanced as possible so students can plan their work and other schedules accordingly.

What’s the difference between a primary care & an acute care nurse practitioner?

The biggest difference is the type of patient you will care for and where you will care for them.

Acute care nurse practitioners care for patients with acute and/or critical conditions with chronic or episodic illnesses and/or with acute medical needs, focusing on patients 18 years and older. AGACNPs practice in settings such as clinics, physicians’ offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and private practices. The AGACNP is uniquely qualified to provide specific healthcare functions to acutely and chronically ill hospitalized patients who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent and highly vulnerable to complications.

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) do complete clinical rotations in a hospital or acute care setting, whereas adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) do not complete clinical rotations in a hospital setting.

Primary care nurse practitioners care for patients with acute, chronic and complex conditions across the lifespan, focusing on patients 13 years and older. AGPCNPs are educated in a variety of settings, including clinics, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and private practices.

Both AGPCNPs and AGACNPs are graduate-educated, nationally certified and state licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Graduates from both programs at UCF are eligible for national certification.

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Do I have to find my own clinical sites and preceptors?

No. Currently, the AGACNP Program Director assigns students to clinical sites and preceptors. Students are not required to find their own clinical sites and preceptors.

Can I work while I am in the program?

The program is quite rigorous and requires students to make serious decisions about commitments that extend beyond graduate school.

Students in the nurse practitioner track programs should plan to reduce their work hours to accommodate program demands. Full-time students should strongly consider working on a part-time basis only; part-time students may also require a reduction in work hours, particularly once clinical coursework begins.

Considering the essential balance between work and the academic demands of these programs will allow the best opportunity for student success.

How many hours per week am I in clinicals?

Each credit hour of study equates to 60 patient-contact hours in the clinical setting. Thus, a 3-credit hour clinical course equates to 180 patient-contact hours in the clinical setting.

I am currently working in an acute care role in the hospital and want to earn the AGACNP credential so my NP credential matches my clinical role. Can I use work hours toward the completion of clinical hours?

Often, this is possible. Once an applicant is admitted, he or she will meet with the Program Director to complete a gap analysis to customize his or her plan of study. Any hours brought into the program through experience or prior credits are applied to the total clinical hour completion of the clinical courses. Students will still be required to enroll in all clinical courses, complete all clinical assignments, and be satisfactorily evaluated by clinical faculty.

Can I complete the program outside of UCF’s service area?

No. The program cannot be completed out of UCF’s service area in greater Central Florida, which includes Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Brevard, Osceola, Flagler, Northern Indian River, and Marion counties.

Will I be eligible for AGACNP national certification?

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) programs 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 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.

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.

We are unable to confirm the educational and 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 College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

How many students are admitted each year?

The AGACNP graduate certificate program admits once per year in the spring semester. Class admission sizes vary depending on faculty and college resources.

I am ready to apply. What are the next steps?

Visit our Graduate Certificate Admissions page for details on the application process and requirements.


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