Adult Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—Post-Master's Certificate (Online)

  • Certificate
  • Graduate
  • Online
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Enhance your credentials and advance your career with an online Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Post-Master’s Certificate.

Program Details

  • Next Start Date:  September 3, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:  5 semesters 
  • Low-Residency Format:  Online coursework and eight days on campus during the course of the program
  • Credit Hours:  Minimum of 19 (varies based on previous education)
  • Course Length:  7 & 14 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:  Nursing Courses – $697/Clinical Courses – $1,088

Why Earn a Post-Master’s Certificate from Rivier?

Rivier University is ranked as the #1 nursing school in New Hampshire and a top 50 private nursing school nationally by Nursing Schools Almanac. Our online nurse practitioner programs rank #6 in the nation by Nurse Practitioner Online.

Post-master’s certificate programs build your clinical skills and knowledge and provide the opportunity for you to take on new challenges and redefine your career path. The Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AG-ACNP) Certificate prepares you to care for patients from age 17 through end-of-life, assessing health conditions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and developing and overseeing treatment plans.

Rankings and Accolades

Rivier Online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs Ranked Nationally

Our online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs have been ranked #6 in the nation based on factors including the diversity of programs offered, accreditation status, faculty experience, tuition and fees, and graduation/completed rate.

Rivier Ranked Top Nursing School in New Hampshire

Nursing Schools Almanac 2024 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as the #1 nursing school in NH!

Program of Study

The AG-ACNP Certificate program requires a minimum of 19 credits. The average completion time for this program is five semesters.

A gap analysis will be completed using each applicant’s previous MSN transcript and the current AG-ACNP curriculum. The courses not yet completed will become the program of study. See the Degree Requirements section below to view the minimum course requirements.

Licensure and Accreditation

Registered nurses who complete this advanced degree coursework and clinical education are qualified to sit for the national exams to become certified in Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC).

Rivier University is unable to accept students from California due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See State Guide.

For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).

A Commitment to Quality

Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post-Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the post-master’s certificates nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program. 

Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Proulx, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CSC is working to advance substance use disorders treatment for vulnerable populations. Her doctoral research was a qualitative inquiry titled “The Lived Experience of Postpartum Women Attending Outpatient Substance-Abuse Treatment for Opioid or Heroin Use.” She holds two certifications in critical care from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)—one in adult critical care (CCRN) and a second in adult cardiac surgery (CSC)—and is a past president of the New Hampshire Chapter of AACN.

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There are three other post-master’s certificates in Nursing offered in Rivier’s graduate education program.

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