Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult Gerontology)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares students to manage adults, including the frail elderly, who have acute, critical and complex chronic conditions.

The skills gained from the program will allow graduates to provide a spectrum of care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management. This also includes stabilizing critically ill patients, preventing complications, restoring maximum health, providing palliation and end-of-life care.

About the program

The AGACNP educational program is designed as a face to face immersion program at the Oregon Health &Science University's (OHSU) academic medical center. Throughout the didactic program, students accumulate supervised clinical hours on many of OHSU's clinical interprofessional teams.

Experiences may include rotations in general surgery, trauma surgery, trauma ICU, neuro ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, urology, cardiology, electrophysiology, bone marrow transplant and others. Students rotate through these various clinical teams to gain experience managing a wide range complex chronic, acute and critically ill patients. During clinical rotations, students are expected to participate as an active team member. In addition, students are included in many interprofessional educational opportunities with resident physicians, pharmacists, and other students.

AGACNP students will complete courses in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adults and older adults. Students receive a strong background in pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning and decision-making skills. Some courses are available online, but all clinical related courses for the program are completed in a face to face format. Additional coursework will emphasize interprofessional education, geriatric syndromes, health promotion in vulnerable adults and the development of the AGACNP role. 

Degrees granted

The program provides two degree tracks: a Master's of Nursing (M.N.) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.). Both options offer a practice-focused curriculum that will support an entry into a career trajectory for those pursuing expert clinical practice and leadership.

  • The master's track prepares a student for entry into practice as an AGACNP. It is a two-year, full-time program, which includes a combination of advanced practice core, AGACNP specialty courses and masters of nursing core courses.

  • The post-master's track is only available to students with previous experience as an advanced practice nurse who are returning to school to obtain eligibility for AGACNP certification. Programs of study are determined by "gap analysis" and individualized to each student. The "gap analysis" is based on the OHSU AGACNP MN program of study.

  • The doctorate track is a full-time, three-year program, which includes a combination of advanced practice core, AGACNP specialty courses and DNP core courses. It prepares students for entry into practice as an AGACNP along with advanced clinical, scholarship and leadership roles. The program emphasizes continued clinical sub-specialization, along with application of quality improvement and outcomes management principles to the acute care patient population.


Graduates from the AGACNP program are eligible for national certification as an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP).

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For program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.