Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Our graduate certificate for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners prepares you to focus on caring for young adult, adult and older adult patients. You will care for patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability, and/or injury related to health across the lifespan.

This graduate certificate is for individuals who are looking to expand their existing scope of practice as an APRN and are currently a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Students who are interested in adult-gerontology study but are not yet advanced practice nurses, including nurse educators, nurse informaticists and nurse leaders, should apply through one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks:


The information provided below describes the regular, in-person program offering. Due to the COVID pandemic, however, we are following the State of Washington and campus-wide guidance for in-person attendance, and are offering most courses except laboratory courses (e.g., Advanced Health Assessment) in a distance learning format.

In this graduate certificate program, you will complete twelve to fifteen months of study. Program development and fieldwork placements are individualized and developed by a collaboration between the student and a faculty adviser based on formal gap analysis and evaluation of prior education and experience.

Clinical practice experiences are offered in urban and rural locations. Many of the core AGNP-AC classes require in-person classroom attendance on a weekly basis plus additional clinical practicum hours. This is not an online/distance program.

Please note that admission to this graduate certificate program is on a space-available basis.

National Certifications

After successfully completing the AGNP-AC track, students are eligible to sit for the AGNP Acute Care examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACNCC).


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (