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Walden’s online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Master’s Certificate program can help you take the next step in your career. Take only the courses you need to become an NP—or to add a new specialty to your current nurse practitioner license. And if you are already a licensed and certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in an acute-care role, you may be eligible to enroll in our fast-track program of study and earn your AGACNP certificate with the benefit of transfer credit.

A post-master’s adult-gerontology acute care NP certificate program academically prepares nurses to manage complex acutely ill patients ages 13 and older. Walden’s streamlined program allows you to earn your post-master’s NP certificate in just 38 quarter credits or less.

The post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate program is accredited by CCNE for the 10-year maximum term. CCNE accreditation is an external validation of the quality and strength of our nursing program, achieved through Walden’s dedicated faculty, exemplary support services, skilled preceptors, and commitment to the nursing profession.

Upon graduation from our post-graduate nursing certificate online program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national certification exam for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Why Choose Walden?

Train to Save Lives

Get the clinical training to oversee care for patients with unstable chronic conditions, sudden illness, and traumatic injury.

Build Collaboration Skills

Explore how to collaborate effectively with patients, families, and interprofessional healthcare teams to improve care delivery.

Learn From Active AGACNPs

Our courses are developed by practicing AGACNPs, who focus on designing a curriculum that covers the skills you need to excel.

Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.


Find mentors and inspiration through our dynamic community of more than 36,500 College of Nursing alumni.

Take Advantage of Transfer-of-Credit Opportunities

Do you already have your MSN—or are you already an NP? You may be eligible to transfer credit from your previous coursework to reduce the number of courses you will need to complete the AGACNP post-master’s certificate. And if you already are a licensed and certified Family Nurse Practitioner, you may be able to apply even more transfer credits in our fast-track pathway. Contact an Enrollment Specialist to learn more.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $2,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 28, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career .

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this certificate program, you must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or PhD degree in nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. Applicants for the fast-track AGACNP must also have a current, active, and unencumbered APRN license certified in Family Nurse Practitioner. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

Learn to Deliver Advanced Critical Care

In this online post-master’s acute care NP certificate program, you’ll examine how to plan, implement, and evaluate care for patients at risk for urgent and emergent conditions. This includes performing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions during rapid physiologic deterioration or life-threatening instability. You’ll also gain skills in promoting health and disease prevention by assessing risks and providing wellness education to acute, critical, and complex chronically ill patients.

This certificate program’s content is consistent with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) standards for AGACNP education.

Walden field experience coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds

''As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.

Tuition and Fees

Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

As the American population ages and strains the healthcare system, demand for nurse practitioners in acute-care settings is greater than ever before. Earning your acute care nurse practitioner certificate online is the first step in preparing to meet the need for high-quality, life-saving patient care.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 52% through 2030.2 The average median pay for a nurse practitioner is $109,820 per year; however, the salary range typically falls between $81,410 and $152,160.3 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

An AGACNP post-master’s certificate can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Emergency departments and trauma centers
  • Intensive care units
  • Trauma centers
  • Tertiary care, coronary care, and palliative care
  • Specialty care centers
  • Hospital surgical units, including general, cardiovascular, and neurosurgery

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this post-master’s adult-gerontology acute care NP certificate program, you will be academically prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program Director

    Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.

  • Deanna Johnson

    Deanna Johnson

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Johnson is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in clinical practice and over five years in nursing education as faculty in clinical, didactic, and simulation settings. A passionate proponent of social change, she works to help victims of human trafficking and has served as a guest lecturer at universities on the topic.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.


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