DNP—Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioner caring for older adult patientOur Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-AC) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program 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.

As an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, you will specialize in caring for patients who have high intensity nursing and medical needs. Your partnership with patients and families will teach them self-management, including how to treat and prevent disease.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared to:

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Create differential diagnoses and diagnose acute and complex illnesses and complications
  • Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment
  • Prescribe and evaluate therapies (medication and non-medication based)
  • Utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the AGACNP

Sites of practice

Graduates from our AGACNP track practice independently and within larger health care teams. They work in a variety of settings and with diverse populations, including:

  • Inpatient neurosurgery
  • Hospitalist
  • Epilepsy inpatient and outpatient services
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiology clinic

Curriculum

All Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks are offered as full-time study only.

Year one

Year one of the DNP program is offered in a hybrid format (50 percent in-person, 50-percent distance learning), and requires that you be on campus one day per week. You will complete core DNP academic classwork with peers across all DNP tracks in the School of Nursing. Content of year one courses includes:

  • leadership
  • appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice
  • health equity
  • health systems and policy
  • wellness and health promotion, and
  • quality improvement

Year two

Some DNP courses include distance learning methods, but many courses are in-person and require weekly attendance (generally one to two days per week). Your second year includes track-focused classes, seminars, and clinical experiences.

Year three

As in year two, many courses require in-person attendance with some courses including distance learning methods. In the final year of your program, you will continue clinical training.

In addition, you will work with your supervisory committee to complete a DNP project in collaboration with a local clinical agency or organization as part of your capstone experience. This project is presented in the form of a final examination.

Role of the DNP

Our DNP program prepares you not only for an advanced practice role but also teaches you how to look at cutting-edge research and apply that evidence to your practice.

The DNP program’s additional academic and clinical hours beyond a master’s-level degree gives you a solid foundation to become a leader in the nursing profession. You will work with faculty who are nationally recognized for their research and also with agencies around the Puget Sound region to gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of how to evaluate evidence-based research, you are empowered to become a more efficient and effective practitioner.

Post-DNP study

Graduates from the AGNP-AC track who are interested in Veteran’s health are eligible to apply for the post-DNP residency program at the Seattle Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education.

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).

Accreditation

The University of Washington Doctor of Nursing Practice program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2024.