Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-AC)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-AC) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program focuses on care of young adult, adult and older adult patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability, and/or injury across the health continuum. Diverse clinical practice learning opportunities prepare the graduate for roles as a collaborative member of the health care team and as an acute/critical care provider.

Our graduates practice interprofessionally and collaboratively. They work in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Examples include inpatient neurosurgery, hospitalist, epilepsy inpatient and outpatient services, medical ICU, and cardiology clinic.

  • Recent direct patient care experience as a registered nurse in acute, critical, emergency, or similar care setting is desired and highly recommended in order for applicants to be competitive in the AGNP-AC track.

What are AGNP-ACs prepared to do?

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic procedures
  • Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment
  • Generate differential diagnoses and diagnose common and complex illnesses and complications
  • Prescribe and evaluate therapies (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic)
  • Implement evidence-based plan of care to promote health and prevent functional decline
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills to provide interdisciplinary and collaborative care for adults from adolescence to old age, including multicultural and medically underserved individuals to promote health and treat those with serious illness
  • Demonstrate competence in utilizing nursing research to inform an evidence-based practice
  • Utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the AGACNP

Why Study at UW?

  • We have been training nurse practitioners since 1992
  • Our emphasis is evidence-based practice and leadership, with access to top nursing and adult/gerontology researchers and nurse practitioners on faculty.
  • Students have exposure to a wide range of clinical sites allowing experiences with diverse populations and exceptional preceptors.
  • There are opportunities to participate in research with nationally-recognized researchers.
  • Students may enhance their education through elective coursework in a particular area of interest, including courses in advanced EKG interpretation, rural healthcare, infectious disease, palliative care and global health.
  • We are part of a large public university, with access to other professions including medicine, social work, pharmacy, and public health as well as a world class library system
  • Students have the opportunity to engage with relevant Centers including the de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging, the Health Promotion Research Center and the Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

Students prepared as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are eligible to sit for either the AGNP Acute Care examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the ACNPC-AG certification exam through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Alternative AGNP Study Option

Prospective students who are interested in focusing on primary care of adults from adolescence through old age and across the health continuum may be interested in applying to our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-PC) track. Please contact us if you have any questions about which track is more appropriate for you.