Post-Masters Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

Post-Masters Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Graduate Certificate)

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This online post-master’s certification program prepares you to be an 
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certified by AACN or ANCC.

Why get a graduate certificate in adult-gerontology acute care?

If you are a certified nurse practitioner or a master’s-prepared nurse with significant acute or critical care experience who enjoys complex patient management in a fast-paced environment, the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role may be the right fit for you. Respected members of the rounding team, the need for acute care nurse practitioners continues to grow with changing national demographics and recognition in the field for their contributions to improving patient care.

Why choose UNH’s AGACNP training program?

Designed for the master’s-prepared registered nurse or nurse practitioner, our post-master’s certification program prepares you to be an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) or ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Geared for the hospital and sub-acute settings, our program focuses on building skills in diagnostic reasoning and management of the acutely ill patient using evidence-based practice. You will learn to stabilize acute and critically ill patients, formulate diagnoses and evidenced-based treatment plans, prescribe therapeutics, assess outcomes, prevent readmission, and create safe discharge plans. Our faculty has extensive experience in the field and they coordinate with the Student Success Coach Team to support you from application through graduation. The UNH Nursing Department is ranked by the 2020 Nursing School Almanac as #10 of the 60 best nursing schools in New England. UNH is a top tier research school, accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education.

Potential careers

  • Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • Cardiology & cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Critical care & trauma
  • Healthcare research
  • Hospital administrator
  • Hospitalist medicine
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Specialty clinics
  • Sub-acute & long-term care facilities
  • Transplant medicine & surgery

Contact

Department of Nursing
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2271
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

A new Post-Master's Certificate has been approved for Academic Catalog year 2021/2022.

The purpose of this post-master’s certificate program is to the prepare the advanced practice nurse (APRN) to perform as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and increase access to acute care medical and surgical services within the region. With backgrounds as either nurse practitioners or master’s prepared nurses with significant acute or critical care clinical experience, graduates can apply newly learned knowledge and skills within the acute care setting, including and not limited to hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Training will help increase the qualified workforce within the New England region to meet acute and critical medical needs, particularly in rural areas where recruitment and retention has been a significant challenge.

This program is designed for the APRN with a master’s degree within nursing. While those already holding a nurse practitioner certification, APRNs with a master’s degree and significant clinical experience in an acute or critical care setting will also be considered. The aim of this program is to prepare APRNs at an advanced level to successfully diagnose and manage medical-surgical patients who are acutely or critically ill through prescribing of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, coordination of consultations and care, and continued management of chronic illnesses, comorbidities, and end of life needs.

Courses will focus on the adult-gerontological population with an emphasis on integration of prior coursework, such as pathophysiology and physical assessment, to build skills in diagnostic reasoning and subsequent management of the acutely ill patient using evidenced based practice. In addition, coursework will also include interdisciplinary work with case management and social work to improve comprehension and future utilization in transitions in care.

Courses will be listed in the 2021/2022 Academic Catalog.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: May 1 (Extended Deadline to June 15 for Fall 2021)
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: N/A

Please note: This is a new program and will be open for applications very soon.

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Resume

Current resume limited to no more than one page.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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