Post-Master's Certificate - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This post-master's certificate program prepares the nurse who already has a graduate degree in nursing to become academically eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems.  They care for acutely ill patients, ages 13 and up, in a variety of settings such as acute care facilities, specialty practice offices, and skilled care. Program graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP). One year of full-time acute care registered nurse experience is required prior to clinical courses. 

The post-master’s certificate curriculum is individually designed based on the course work documented on the transcript of the student’s master’s degree. The number of credits required for the completion of the certificate will vary.

The courses listed are required in the post-master’s curriculum plan unless these courses, or their acceptable equivalent, are documented on the master’s transcript. A minimum of 12 credits is required for the post-master’s certificate. 

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  • Program Highlights
  • Curricular Plan
  • Admission Requirements
  • Program Faculty
  • This specialization is offered both at the Milwaukee and the Indianapolis campuses.
  • One year of full-time nursing experience in an acute care setting with the adult population is required prior to beginning clinical courses. 

Foundation Courses – 9 Credits

NURS 6030   Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6032   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 6035   Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Specialty Courses – 21 Credits

NURS 6037   Management of Episodic Health Problems

NURS 6240   Complex Health Problems

NURS 6335   Differential Diagnosis and Advanced Skills for the Acutely Ill Adult

NURS 6340   Complex Acute Care Problems

NURS 6351   Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology 1 Clinical

NURS 6352   Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology 2 Clinical

NURS 6353   Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology 3 Clinical

  • Applicants for a post master’s certificate program must have earned a graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • The required minimum graduate level GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required. For graduates of foreign nursing schools, a formal evaluation of their nursing program of study documenting equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in nursing degree must be submitted.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin or eNLC license is required at the time of admission. For students in the Indiana program, an Indiana R.N. license is required.
  • Clinical experience requirements
  • For the adult older adult acute care nurse practitioner specialization: A minimum of one year of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse in an acute care setting is required prior to beginning any clinical courses.
  • BCLS from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during all programs. Additional certifications:  Adult-Gerontology acute care - ACLS prior to clinical; 
  • A written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities.
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • A completed application form and fee online directly to NursingCAS. Applicants who graduated from Marquette’s DE-MSN program apply directly to the Marquette Graduate School through Slate.
  • The Adult-Gerontology acute care nurse practitioner may require an interview. Applicants who are invited for an interview are notified by email.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.


Debra Casper MSN, CCRN, ACNP-BC (Option Coordinator)

Felisa Antonchorgy, MSN, ACNP-BC

Jennifer Bauman MSN, CCRN, AGACNP-BC

Jessica Leiberg, DNP, ACNP-BC, CNP

Mary Stauber DNP, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC

Amy Steffy, MSN, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC

Stephanie Strouse, MSN, RN, ACNP-AG

Lauren Tyler MSN, ACNP-BC