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Online Post-Graduate AG-ACNP Certificate
Expand Your Master's Level Skills to Provide Care to Acutely Ill Patients

Online Post-Graduate AG-ACNP Certificate

Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours

Provide Adult-Gerontology Care with a Specialized Skill Set

The online Post-Graduate Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program provides advanced training for nurses seeking to expand their expertise in caring for acutely ill patients. Earning this post-masters certificate not only provides a credential that is required for practice but also positions you as a preferred candidate in a field that is projected to grow by 45% by 2029.1 The program will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high-quality care to acutely ill patients with complex health problems and prepare you for a fulfilling and rewarding career as an Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

The online Post-Graduate AG-ACNP certificate offers the opportunity to learn in close mentor relationships with expert faculty, so you can graduate ready to give high-quality treatment to acutely ill patients. Upon graduation, you will be able to take on roles across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, acute and sub-acute wards, specialty clinics and more.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Ohio University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Benefits

  • 45% job growth expected by 20291
  • 300,000 nurse practitioner jobs as of 20212
  • $104,804 average salary3

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Maximize Your Nursing Career Potential with the Post-Graduate AG-ACNP Certificate

When you build on your master's level skills to become an AG-ACNP, you qualify yourself for new opportunities in healthcare settings that provide acutely ill patients with hospital, emergency, palliative and end-of-life care, as well as everything in between. With more than 300,000 jobs currently available, as well as growing demand for expertise, you can establish a rewarding long-term career when you earn your online post-masters certificate at Ohio University.

Rewarding Careers for the AG-ACNP

The examples listed represent the national average salaries for the corresponding roles.

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


    per year4

  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner


    per year5

  • Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner


    per year6

  • Cardiac Nurse Practitioner


    per year7

A Curriculum That Grows Your Nursing Skills—and Your Career

4 Total Courses | 750 Hours of Clinical Experience

Your experience in the online Post-Graduate Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate will include specialized courses that cover a range of topics, from the management of common adult health problems to AG-ACNP in practice, and culminate in a capstone experience that will prepare you for professional success after graduation.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • NRSE 7210 Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing Practice
  • NRSE 7220 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRSE 7230 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners

AG-ACNP Courses:

  • NRSE 6843 AG-ACNP Clinical Course 1 (250 hrs)
  • NRSE 7818 Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NRSE 6844 AG-ACNP Clinical Course 2 (250 hrs)
  • NRSE 6845 AG-ACNP Clinical Course 3 (250 hrs)

Online Post-Graduate AG-ACNP Certificate Admission Details

No GRE/GMAT Required | 1 Start per Year

If you're a registered nurse seeking to expand your expertise in caring for older adult patients, the online Post-Graduate Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, a post-masters experience, could be the perfect fit. With growing demand in the field1, now is the time to invest in your future and become a highly skilled AG-ACNP. With expert faculty, online courses and an opportunity to connect with expert faculty mentors, you'll graduate fully prepared to excel.

To apply to OHIO's online certificate program, you will need:

Key Admission Dates

Fall 2025

  • Application Deadline: 03/17/25
  • Classes Begin: 08/25/25
Online ApplicationApply now
Application Fee$35
Required DegreeMSN degree from a regionally accredited institution
Minimum GPA3.0 GPA unconditional admission
Prerequisite Courses
  • NRSE 6210 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NRSE 6230 Advanced Pharmacology*
  • NRSE 6221 Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners
Clinical/Practicum Experience

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook)
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Required
TranscriptsAll official college transcripts
Additional Requirements
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. View a list of approved states
  • Professional Goals Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse
  • An Admission interview with faculty

When to Apply

The best time to apply is now, and this program accepts students once per year in the Fall semester. Apply today to get started.

Online Post-Graduate AG-ACNP Certificate Tuition

$15,500 Total Tuition (Resident) | $775 Per Credit (Resident)

The online Post-Graduate Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program offers an exceptional opportunity to specialize your skills and become an AG-ACNP. When you invest in your nursing education, you will equip yourself with the expertise to provide advanced care to older patients with complex needs, increase positive health outcomes and broaden your opportunities for growth and leadership in the field.

Cost per credit hour

$775 (Ohio resident)

$794 (non-resident)

Total credit hours20
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$15,500 (Ohio resident)

$15,880 (non-resident)

Other costs to budget forYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your program.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

  • Financial Aid

    Students in Ohio University's certificate programs may be eligible for aid from resources outside of Ohio University. When joining a certificate program, many Ohio students take advantage of the following:

    Employer education benefits and private sources

    Scholarship and loan repayment programs for working nurses through state and federal agencies. Note that there are eligibility requirements and/or service requirements as a part of the program, such as serving in a nursing shortage area or a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has many federally-funded scholarship and loan repayment programs specifically for advanced-practice nurses. These programs usually have application processes that take time and include firm deadlines. Links to the Ohio Board of Nursing and HRSA sites are below: 

    Ohio Board of Nursing

    Health Resources & Services Administration (Select Funding from the drop-down menu)

  • Online Learning That Fits Your Life

    No matter what your career goals are, Ohio University can help you get there. We offer a wide range of online graduate programs specifically for professionals who are ready for their next step. Complete focused courses while maintaining your work and personal responsibilities by studying when and where it's convenient for you. As a student, you'll learn alongside fellow leaders and have access to the same expert faculty and leading-edge curriculum as you would on campus.

Support for Military-Affiliated Students

Ohio University is a Military Collegiate Purple Star Award® school and has been named one of the nation’s top Military Friendly® schools for over a decade. Our Veteran and Military Student Services Center provides access to programs and services specifically for military members and their families. In addition, student veterans and active military members are eligible to receive an incentive scholarship of up to 15% for eligible online graduate programs.

As an OHIO online student, you can earn credit for select military experience, training or previous college credit. To learn more about the military benefits available to you, contact us today.

It is not the intent of Ohio University to imply an endorsement by any service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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What You'll Learn

Throughout the AG-ACNP certificate program, you will learn how to provide advanced care to older adult patients by managing and treating both common and complex health problems. You will also gain hands-on experience in AG-ACNP practice through hands-on learning opportunities, applying your knowledge and skills to improve patient outcomes.

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesizes knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical judgment, clinical reasoning, and innovative evidence-based education and practice.
  • Incorporates evidence-based practice in delivering person-centered care to enhance health outcomes and improve health systems.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to select and apply principles of population health and advocacy strategies that optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Integrate and evaluate evidence-based practice to inform and promote advanced clinical practice.
  • Analyze and apply quality improvement strategies to create a culture of safe, professional nursing practice that optimizes health and protects all.
  • Apply leadership skills as an interprofessional team member to optimize the health of individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare environments.
  • Apply evidence-based, innovative strategies based on organizational and systems policies to enhance value, access, quality, and cost-effectiveness within complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Integrate information technology systems to drive decision-making, healthcare change and interdisciplinary communication in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Integrate the role of the advanced practice nurse by utilizing effective professional communication and presence to promote person-centered care.
  • Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, well-being and professional development in a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Learn From Leading Experts

By establishing meaningful connections with these Ohio University's faculty, you gain access to the valuable insights of expert practitioners in the field. With a collaborative spirit, they will provide mentorship and support to help you navigate the complexities of the nursing practice and successfully advance your career.

Faculty Spotlight

Mary Lou Garey, DNP AG-ACNP FNP

AGACNP Program Track Leader, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Garey is an AGACNP with specific research interests in mild traumatic brain injuries in the adult population, emergency care, nursing education/simulations and animal assisted therapy.

Read More About Dr. Mary Lou Garey

Mary Lou Garey

Related Program

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    Gain the skills needed tp provide care in acute and complex care settings with our Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Excel in your nursing career with a curriculum that combines didactic and practice-based courses. 

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

What classes will I be taking for my certificate?

Students with a current APRN License – Current APRNs who are pursuing an APRN certificate will, more than likely, progress directly into a clinical course in their first semester. This means that current APRNs should have possible preceptors and sites in mind when applying These applicants should also contact the School of Nursing at and request the clinical overview sheets and preceptor packet for their program.

If I graduate from the program, will I be licensed in my state as an APRN?

The AG-ACNP, FNP, and PMHNP degree and certificate programs at Ohio University are intended to prepare students for advanced practice nursing and national certification in those areas. State Boards of Nursing set individual standards for licensure in their state. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to Nursing programs at Ohio University contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contact information for Boards of Nursing on their site, located here:

What certification exams do students take? What is your first-time pass rate?

Our programs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the educational eligibility to meet standards for APRN certification or other professional distinctions through examination. A list of examinations and their credentialing bodies are below:

Certification Exams and Credentialing Bodies

The graduate nursing programs at Ohio University are intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other professional distinction through examination. For the best information regarding eligibility and standards for these examinations, please visit the website for the credentialing bodies below.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (NP-C)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP):

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):

Nurse Educator

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • National League of Nursing (NLN):

Nurse Leader

  • Eligibility is dependent upon experience criteria in addition to education.
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL):
  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
How long is the program?

Most of our programs are three fifteen-week semesters in length with students taking courses in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

How many hours do I take per semester? Is this a full-time program?

The programs of study appear later in this document. Most students take 2 fifteen-week courses each semester for 5-9 total credits. Students can take fewer courses but it will take longer to complete their program. The definition of a full-time program can differ among financial aid or tuition reimbursement programs and you will want to check with that particular program’s administrator.

Is the program completely online?

The programs combine online education and in-person education. Students take their courses through an online- format and are only expected on campus for the required On-Campus Intensives. Software applications utilized in nursing classes will work on either PCs or MACs. Office 365 Pro Plus is required and is now available at no charge to Ohio University students.

What are On-Campus Intensives?

On-Campus Intensives (OCIs) are brief visits to a campus that may be required for specific instruction and assessment. These OCIs typically occur at the beginning, middle, and end of your program. The Virtual Orientation Intensive for all programs consists of a half-day virtual conference.

The On-Campus Clinical Skills Workshop associated with the first clinical course in our APRN programs is an on-campus visit to receive specific track-specific instruction and coaching in preparation for the advanced practice role.

The schedule and details for program-specific OCIs will be provided at Orientation.

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*In many states, students must have completed an advanced pharmacology course within five years of applying for a new certification. If your course is more than five years old, please check with your state Board of Nursing. In most cases, you can take that course in your certificate program of study.

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