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Graduate Degree Programs

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Madeline F. Mattern, DNP, FNP-C, CNE
Director, Nurse Practitioner Options
Penn State College of Nursing
309B Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-865-8469
Fax: 814-865-3779

The purpose of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate is to prepare individuals with a Master’s degree or higher in nursing seeking additional certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The goal of this certificate is to prepare nurses to provide direct care of adults/older adults with acute and complex illness in acute care health care settings. Applicants will have an individualized plan of study based on review of graduate transcripts. Students are required to take NURS 860 (3), NURS 861 (3), NURS 862 (4), NURS 863 (4), NURS 864 (6), NURS 865 (1), and NURS 866 (1), for a total of 22 credits. Additional courses that may be required are the Advanced Practice Core: NURS 802 (3), NURS 803 (3), and NURS 804 (3) and the Master’s Core: NURS 501 (3), NURS 510 (3), and NURS 512 (3).

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants are required to have a Master’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution. In addition, undergraduate chemistry and statistics are required. Students need to submit two recommendations, a goal statement, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants are required to have two years of experience as an RN in an acute care hospital setting.

List of Courses

NURS 860 (3)
NURS 861 (3)
NURS 862 (4)
NURS 863 (4)
NURS 864 (6)
NURS 865 (1)
NURS 866 (1)


Additional Coursework*

Advanced Practice Core

NURS 802 (3)
NURS 803 (3)
NURS 804 (3)

Master’s Core
NURS 501 (3)
NURS 510 (3)
NURS 512 (3)

*Any or all of these courses may be waived based on the certificate program chair’s evaluation of transcripts and prior courses completed.


Effective Semester: Summer 2016

Expiration Semester: Summer 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-01-080

Review Date: 08/14/2012


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