Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate Program will allow advanced practice nurses, who have graduated with a clinical MSN, MS or DNP to acquire the nationally-specified adult acute and critical care content and clinical skills needed to take the national adult acute care certification exam and then to function competently within the acute care scope of practice. It will require satisfactory completion of 18 credits of didactic content and clinical practice. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills to assume acute care roles in a myriad of settings. Courses focus on integrating advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and acute clinical care and management. Students will be expected to acquire approximately 500 hours of acute care experience as required to meet the specialty competencies and the requirements to take the Adult Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care national certification exam.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the College of Nursing and upon admission to the Wayne State University Graduate School and the availability of the College of Nursing resources. An applicant for admission to the graduate certificate program must have a MS in nursing, MSN, or a DNP from a nationally accredited institution. All applicants must be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan and provide a statement of purpose for seeking the ACNP certificate, and professional competence as documented by three letters of reference. In addition, the applicant must have completed the following graduate level courses: pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment.


This certificate requires courses which must be taken in sequence over one calendar year with no transfer credit accepted. A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Required Courses

NUR 7370APN: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal Problems6
NUR 7140APN: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems6
NUR 7130APN: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle Change6
Total Credits18