Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

As advanced practitioners, AG-ACNPs deliver care across the continuum as key members of 21st century health care teams

  • 21 months to degree, full-time (33 months, part-time)
  • 46 credits (26 to 37 credits for post-master’s certificate)
  • Graduates eligible for ANCC or AACN certification exam for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • 560 clinical hours
  • Application deadline: Nov. 1 for entry the following fall (notification by Feb. 1)


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Building on the theoretical and clinical expereince of the BSN-prepared nurse, the AG-ACNP is an advanced practice nurse prepared to manage patients in acute, critical and specialty care units and clinics.

UVA's program emphasizes the advanced theoretical knowledge, practice and skills needed to manage acutely ill patients through all phases of their hospitalization and follow-up. AG-ACNP students also develop exceptional diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills, preparation for prescriptive authority, strategies to communicate and collaborate with physicians and the ability to manage and monitor clinical outcomes. A keen focus on evidenced-based practice, teaching and clinical research are also hallmarks.

Who is the AG-ACNP for?
The AC-ACNP program offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice at top-ranked UVA School of Nursing. Nurses with advanced degrees like the AC-ACNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.


  • Full- and part-time programs available, each with flexible schedules
  • Access to world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and top-of-the-line clinical facilities
  • Small, intimate classes and ahnds-on practicums
  • More than 500 hours of clinical experiences at a host of dynamic sites throughout the Commonwealth
  • A chance to specialize
  • Upon graduation, an MSN and the chance for further graduate study


AG-ACNP applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the US and be eligible for a RN license in Virginia. All matriculating students who are not active-duty military nurses must have a Virginia RN license before the first day of classes
  • Submit a total of three satisfactory recommendations (academic, professional, and clinical), one of which should be from an APRN
  • Submit a copy of your resume or CV
  • Have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within the past five years
  • Be available for an interview, if requested
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements

RN experience
Applicants to the AG-ACNP program must have at least one year of full-time RN experience before entering the program and prior to enrolling in GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6025 (Advanced Health Assessment), and the clinical practica.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).

Competitive applicants
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:

  • BSN GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • More than one year of relevant, full-time RN experience
  • Active member of a national nursing organization (preferably in applicant’s practice area)
  • Exhibiting leadership behaviors in a nursing practice setting (mentoring other nurses, participating in unit or hospital-based leadership teams, engaged in practice change and evidence-based practice projects)
  • Possess a clinical certification, or on pathway to obtaining one or more certifications
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills

Tuition & financial aid


Building on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the BSN-prepared nurse, full-time AG-ACNP students begin study in the fall, and complete the program in 21 months, including summer session in year one. In the first year, students take didactic classes on Thursdays and Fridays while in the second, the didactic component is on Thursday, and clinicals are generally each Monday through Wednesday.

Plan of study

AG-ACNP students complete 560 clinical hours divided evenly between two practicums: GNUR 7311 and GNUR 7312. GNUR 7311 is completed at the UVA Medical Center while GNUR 7312 may be completed at another facility in Virginia that the student chooses with prior arrangement and assistance from the program director.

During the second practicum, students choose a specialty focus -- from cardiology and ER/trauma to digestive health, nephrology to oncology, among many others. Students may also choose to specialize in more than one area and may also pursue dual-track AG-ACNP/AG-ACCS certifications. Those students should expect additional clinical hours, and will receive individual faculty advisement.

Clinical placement sites sites are assigned based upon optimal learning experiences, students' requests, and availability. In order to develop experience in and proficiency with rural health care and with underserved populations, students are assigned to at least one preceptorship site at a distance from Charlottesville/Albemarle County at a rich variety of clinical assignments in central, southwest and southside Virginia. Students seeking clinical opportunities in othe rareas of Virginia may be asked asked to locate their own clinical sites.

All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at

Technology requirements
Graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android). Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students the summer before classes begin.


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  • Admissions and financial aid questions: contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services: (434) 924-0141 or (888) 283-8703
  • Other inquiries: contact MSN & DNP Program Director Dorothy Tullmann, PhD, RN, CNL