Adult-Gerontology Acute Care


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide advanced practice in acute care settings through a program of study focused on the care of acutely ill patients and complex chronically ill patients and their families in high acuity specialty areas including critical care, trauma surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, and hospital medicine. The program integrates content in advanced health assessment, clinical decision making and diagnosis, advanced pharmacology, and management of acutely ill adults with specialty seminars taught by expert clinicians. Seminars and clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and chronic illness on the patient and family.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the AACN Certification Corporation

This program starts each year during the fall semester.

Jennifer Adamski, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FCCM

Camille Brockett, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP

Kandice Pampuri

*Please email with application questions.


Program Length
The four-semester, 48-hour program may be pursued full time, part time or post masters.

Unique Highlights
Students in this program receive a broad exposure to managing the acute and complex clinically ill patients and are educated to work as independent practitioners and as members of an interdisciplinary team.

Clinical Experience
More than 700 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with physician and acute care nurse practitioner preceptors are required for degree completion. Sites include hospitals and many specialty practices in the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this program have opportunities to work in acute and critical care specialty settings. Graduates have also found positions in critical care, trauma surgery, general surgery and all inpatient specialties.

Program Requirement
Enrollment in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program requires at least one year of professional nursing experience as an RN in an acute/critical care setting.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia or a multistate RN license
  • One-year of RN experience in a hospital setting

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Students who need an F1 visa are not eligible for admission due to the amount of content delivered online. The Department of Homeland Security does not allow our DNP or MSN programs to issue F1 visas.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. 


Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. MSN and post-masters application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Post Graduate Program

Post Graduate Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Program of Study

This program is designed specifically for advanced practice registered nurses who would like to achieve certification in an acute care specialty area. The post graduate Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Program of Study (AGACNP) program will require 500* hours. A maximum of 250 transferred hours may be accepted toward completion of this program. Students will be eligible for board certification (AGACNP-BC ) through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses certification board after completing this course.


  • Students who have not already completed the 3 Ps will need to register for those classes:
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Applications must include a letter from the student's original school or an official transcript
  • All plans of study are customized to meet the individual needs of the post-graduate student.

The following provides a sample plan of a typical curriculum that students may complete.

* Some hours may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director.



 Course Description

Clinical Hours


Semester 1


NRSG 519: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness 1


Didactic content-acute & chronic mgt of adult-gerontology population




120 Clinical Hours

Semester 2


NRSG 520: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness II


Didactic content-chronic disease mgmt, acute & critical care/trauma




180 Clinical Hours

Most students will require 9 credits.


State Eligibility & Licensure Requirements

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations

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