Expand Your Scope of Practice — In Just Three Semesters

As an advanced practice nurse, you administer vital care to patients across their lifespan. But you’re ready to expand your scope of practice to hospitalized adults who face acute episodes of suffering. The University of Tulsa’s 18-credit hour online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certificate equips you with the practical experience to treat adult patients following severe trauma or illness.

Available in both post-MSN and DNP specialty certificate options, the online AGACNP certificate allows you to build on your existing credentials over the course of three 16-week semesters, so you can quickly administer acute care in settings such as emergency departments, intensive care units, and other speciality care units. At TU, you’ll receive one-on-one support from our accomplished faculty, who take the time to understand your goals and set you on the right course to achieve them.

TU graduates are competent and confident nurses, dedicated to improving health outcomes for every patient. You’re what nursing needs. We’re what you need to get there.

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Earn Your AGACNP Certificate Online at TU

With two separate certificate options to support both MSN-educated and DNP-educated nurses, the AGACNP certificate program enhances your nursing experience to help you lead and thrive in the world of acute and critical care. The program is self-paced and almost entirely online — with just one brief campus visit required — to allow you to upskill on your own terms.

Here are some of the benefits of earning your AGACNP certificate at TU:

  • Hands-on patient care through 600 hours devoted to acute care clinicals (500 hours required to sit for the ANCC AGACNP-BC®)
  • Assistance finding clinical placements and preceptors in the location of your choosing
  • Courses that count toward continuing education requirements for state and national APRN recertification

Explore Your Career Potential With an AGACNP Certificate

Upskilling with a post-MSN or DNP specialty AGACNP certificate not only allows you to expand your scope of practice to acute care settings, it can also lead to greater autonomy in your work and make you more marketable in your field. Take a look at the potential industries and earnings for nurse practitioners with this degree*:

Home Health Care Services

Annual Mean Wage: $148,960

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

Annual Mean Wage: $134,540

Outpatient Care Centers

Annual Mean Wage: $134,030

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Annual Mean Wage: $129,330

*Data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Curriculum & Courses

Designed for actively licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), the AGACNP certificate program is built on 18 core credits and delivered over three 16-week semesters. Degree completion requires a two-day skills assessment on our campus—which includes a simulation-based OSCE—and 600 clinical hours.

View Post-MSN curriculum details here.
View DNP Specialty curriculum details here.

Online AGACNP Certificate Course Map

DNPC 9514 Transition to AG-ACNP I (4 credits)
DNPC 9512 Transition to AG-ACNP Practicum I (2 credits, 200 clinical hours)
DNPC 9524 Transition to AG-ACNP II (4 credits)
DNPC 9522 Transition to AG-ACNP Practicum II (2 credits, 200 clinical hours)
DNPC 9534 Transition to AG-ACNP III (4 credits)
DNPC 9532 Transition to AG-ACNP Practicum III (2 credits, 200 clinical hours)
Testimonial shot of faculty member, Dr. Andrea Wall, AGACNP Program Director.
“The AGACNP Certificate program furthers The University of Tulsa’s mission of helping students succeed in their professions, take on leadership in the changing world of healthcare, and provide a venue for lifelong learning. The program will provide a means for healthcare leaders to obtain local, high-quality training that enables them to continue or expand the healthcare they are able to provide in their communities.”
– Dr. Andrea Wall, AGACNP Program Director

Tuition and Financial Aid

$585 per credit hour

18 core credits

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Are you ready to invest in your future with the online AGACNP certificate at The University of Tulsa? TU brings you an elite private nursing education at a competitive price and offers pre-semester monthly payment plans for your convenience. Our program equips you with clinical knowledge and leadership skills to achieve your career goals and realize your full earning potential.


Focus on Leadership

We teach the hard sciences alongside valuable soft skills, preparing you to take the lead in your career.

Growth-Minded Education

We prepare you for continued career growth as an advanced practice nurse as you expand your scope of care.

Accomplished Faculty

Our faculty includes certified nurse educators and advanced practitioners, with 60% holding a doctorate.

Community of Care

Our educators take the time to provide one-on-one academic support and career guidance.

Future-Proof Practices

We shape our programs around current industry needs, preparing you to face them with confidence.

Reputation of Excellence

TU grads are consistently recognized as capable leaders by partner hospitals and patients.

The next class start date is August 26, 2024. Don't wait to apply!

Affordable and Accelerated AGACNP Certificate

Completed in just three semesters at a total tuition cost of $10,530, the online AGACNP certificate program at TU is one of the quickest and most affordable options in the state.

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What You Need for Admission

The University of Tulsa is home to ambitious learners of diverse backgrounds and experiences who seek impactful roles in nursing. Please review the following requirements for admission to the online AGACNP certificate programs at TU.

Entry Requirements*

  • Completed application for admission ($60 application fee)
  • Documentation of an active, unencumbered advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license
  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited nursing program
  • Current advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and CPR certification
  • Professional resume or CV outlining academic, professional, and service history
  • Two letters of recommendation

  • 10-panel drug testing and criminal background check. The testing fee is $42, no background check fee required. Reports should be uploaded to Clinical Wallet.
  • Registration for TracPrac ($75 annually) and Clinical Wallet ($50 one-time fee)
  • Professional liability insurance and health insurance (for clinical courses). The liability insurance fee is $25 per semester. If needed, the University can assist students in acquiring health insurance.
  • Post-MSN applicants only: A two-page personal statement explaining how the AGACNP certificate will help you reach your career goals
  • Completed courses in Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology.

*On-campus, two-day skills assessment required

Non-APRN Admission Considerations

  • Post-MSN or DNP specialty applicants who are not APRNs currently in clinical practice may submit prior course syllabi to be reviewed for course equivalency

  • To be considered for equivalency, non-APRN certified applicants:

    • Must have taken Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology in the past five years
    • May be required to provide past course syllabi to TU for gap analysis and equivalency review
  • If a course is determined as equivalent to a TU course and was completed within the past five years with a grade of B- or higher, then the course requirement may be waived

Preceptorships and Out-of-State Nursing License Transfer

In addition to online coursework, the AGACNP certificate program requires students to log 600 clinical hours at a preceptor location of their choosing. For students who live in the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area, TU has a network of approved preceptorships where they can complete clinical requirements.

If you are accepted to the program and you live outside of the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area, you have two choices for completing clinical requirements:

  1. You may opt to complete clinical requirements in your location. All preceptorships outside of the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area must be approved by TU before the first term begins. Upon acceptance, we encourage you to research potential preceptorships in your area and submit them to TU for approval. Please send preceptor information to Dr. Andrea Wall at
  2. You may travel to the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area to complete your clinical requirements. If you choose a preceptor in TU’s existing network, you will need to work directly with the hospital to satisfy any credentialing requirements. If you live outside of Oklahoma, you must submit a nursing license transfer request through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing before you are eligible to complete clinical requirements.
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About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is known for its long-standing legacy of producing skilled and hard-working nurses, dating back to its first graduating class from the School of Nursing in 1973. TU’s online programs are sharing this reputation of academic excellence with a cohort of learners across the United States, preparing a new generation of future-ready nurses, compassionate caregivers, and nursing leaders to thrive in their field.

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