Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

Allen College offers the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner master's degree in response to the need for advanced practice nurses. This is the only program in Iowa that currently offers this option for graduate study. Acutely ill patients increasingly dominate the inpatient population. Research has shown that in these settings nurse practitioners provide quality care, decrease length of stay, and improve patient and family satisfaction. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP) are needed to help assess and manage acutely ill patients within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, acute care wards, specialty clinics, or any combination of the above.

A post-graduate certificate program is available for individuals who already hold an MSN degree.

Frequently Asked questions

What is the role of the Adult -Gero Acute Care NP? 

The Adult Gero Acute Care NP (AGACNP) has a scope of practice which includes age's young adult to death. Graduates of Allen College AGACNP program are prepared to work in acute care settings, such as hospitals, urgent care centers and with a variety of specialists in acute care settings. Regulations required for practice and prescriptive authority vary from state to state. National certification through examination by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is required prior to state licensure. For further information regarding specific state requirements, please contact your state's Board of Nursing. 

Who can apply for the Allen College Adult Gero Acute Care NP program?

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school may apply. (Students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply. They will be required to take undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate's degree in nursing). A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required. A minimum of 800 hours of clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse is required for enrollment in courses with a clinical/practicum requirement.  

How many clinical hours are required to be certified as a nurse practitioner?

600 hours.

Do AGACNP's  have difficulty finding employment?

AGACNP's have generally found work in an advanced practice role within months of their certification. Willingness to work in rural or underserved areas or in specialty areas increases job opportunities. Students are apprised of area job opportunities on the Allen College web site and many students have job offers prior to graduation.  

How are my clinical preceptors chosen?

For the most part, students will identify their own preceptors. This enables students to choose the types of experiences they feel they need/want the most. It also enables them to choose preceptors that might be closer and more convenient for them. Students may request assistance in this process from their clinical faculty or the MSN Clinical Coordinator. 

Is nurse practitioner certification currently available? What are its requirements? Where would I find out more information? 

Steps to become certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.