Post Doctoral Certificate, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

This certificate is designed for the APRN who has a doctorate in nursing and wants to add a new NP specialty. For the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification, students will focus on adult and aging adult acute care management, palliative care, and chronic problems.

Program Overview

The Post-Doctoral Certificate, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner gives an APRN with a Ph.D. or DNP the opportunity to add a specialty in adult-gerontology acute care. 

  • Expand your scope of practice, increase professional opportunities, and meet requirements for national certification in a new NP specialty. 
  • Explore acute care management, palliative care, and chronic problems in adult aging.

  • Learn from online lectures, demonstrations and exercises as well as internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work.
  • Attend face-to-face and virtual immersion sessions.
  • Complete your program in as little as 6 months.
  • Become eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination after program completion.
Students enrolled in a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.


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January 8, 2018

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Available Campuses

Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing, 2017
sharon h nurse practitioner brandman was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.
Sharon H., Nurse Practitioner | Doctorate of Nursing, 2015

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Goal statement
  • Self evaluation
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal interview with Program Director
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
  • National certification as an APRN or CNS (or eligible to take National Certification exam), if required by your State Board of Nursing to practice
  • DNP or Ph.D. from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Unencumbered APRN license in your current specialty*
  • Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your precepted clinical practicum hours*
Fall Application Deadlines
  • Priority application deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline: August 15, 2017
Spring Application Deadlines
  • Priority application deadline: October 30, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline: December 1, 2017

* Unencumbered APRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.

Program Curriculum

  • NURU 603  Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures


    NURU 605  Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan


    NURU 606  Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan


    NURU 610  Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP


    NURU 631  Palliative Care and Pain Management


    NURU 632  Management in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care


    NURU 633  Practicum in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (255 hours)


    NURU 634  Complex and Chronic Problems in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care


    NURU 635  Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care


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