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Department of Nursing

Certificate Director

Dr. Valerie O’Dell, MSN Director 
3132 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-2177

Dr. Cynthia Shields, AG-ACNP Coordinator 
2328 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-1345

Certificate Description

The online Post Masters Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Certificate program option is designed to prepare the post-masters prepared nurse with opportunities to build upon their current knowledge and obtain additional advanced practice knowledge and skill to enable them to provide direct acute care to adult and older adult individuals and families. 

The program is delivered in a fully online format.

Youngstown State University online nursing program must meet the standards of the state(s) in which we possess authority to provide education and may only admit students from states in which we have approval. Online nursing program students must complete the program in the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, or Florida.

Graduates of this program will be qualified and eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center AG-ACNP certification examination.  Following national certification, graduates are also qualified to be recognized as an Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is granted prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing. 

Advanced Standing Program (18 hours)

Applicants who have already earned an MSN degree with nurse practitioner qualifications are automatically considered for advanced standing status. The advanced standing program permits students to complete all requirements of the Adult Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option in 18 hours. This unique program blends online coursework and clinical experiences, including a practicum consisting of 600 hours in a variety of primary care settings. 

Courses include: 

NURS 7037 Adult Gero Acute Care 1  3 sh

NURS 7039 Adult Gero Acute Care 2  3 sh

NURS 7041 Adult Gero Acute Care 3  3 sh 

NURS 7038  Adult Gero Acute Care 1 Practicum 3 sh 

NURS 7040  Adult Gero Acute Care 2 Practicum 3 sh 

NURS 7042 Adult Gero Acute Care 3 Practicum 3 sh 

NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology (unless completed previously )3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment (unless completed previously )3
NURS 6917Differential Diagnosis3
NURS 6918Advanced Diagnostics and Technologies3
NURS 7003Role Development in Advanced Practice3
NURS 7037Adult Gerontology Acute Care 13
NURS 7038Adult Gerontology Acute Care 1 Practicum2
NURS 7039Adult Gerontology Acute Care 23
NURS 7040Adult Gerontology Acute Care 2 Practicum3
NURS 7041Adult Gerontology Acute Care 33
NURS 7042Adult Gerontology Acute Care 3 Practicum3
Total Semester Hours35