Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Certificate)

Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program prepares students to provide high quality, safe, equitable, and evidence-based care for diverse patients across the adult lifespan with chronic, acute, and critical illness. Our students are educated to implement their full scope of practice ranging from disease prevention to the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical and mental health diagnoses, to the provision of palliative care. Completion of the Program enables graduates to be licensed and eligible for certification as an AGACNP and to practice in a variety of acute in-patient and outpatient settings.   


  • Expert AGACNP faculty and preceptors in acute care.
  • Innovative teaching strategies designed to develop the AGACNP students’ therapeutic communication techniques, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, and decision-making.
  • State of the art simulation center - Students participate in 12 acute and critical care simulations, including 6 intra-professional simulations, to cultivate ethical and clinical decision-making.
  • Rapid response simulations to promote teamwork, collaboration, and communication in the treatment and management of deteriorating patients.
  • Curriculum includes a procedures course, providing multiple opportunities for students to learn and practice procedural skills such as point-of-care ultrasound, central line placement, chest tube insertion, and endotracheal intubation.     
  • Faculty arrange placements for all AGACNP students in diverse acute care and critical care settings in premier hospitals throughout the New York (NY) and greater NY areas.   
  • AGACNP students complete 4 different clinical placements in medicine, surgery, cardiology, and critical care.


  • Prepare adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) to assume clinical and ethical leadership of patients with acute, chronic, and critical illness.
  • Guide AGACNP students to provide respectful care, acknowledging the patients’ and families’ needs, values and preferences.
  • Educate students to critically analyze the best available research to implement high-quality, patient-centered care.    
  • Prescribe pharmacotherapies to improve patient outcomes.
  • Provide multiple experiences for students to develop, implement and evaluate their decision-making.


The application for our Advanced Certificate programs is available. All applicants to our Advanced Certificate programs are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  1. One (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended. We can review applications with unofficial transcripts. Admitted students will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.
  2. Resume.
  3. A two- to three-page personal statement.
  4. At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. RN license and registration certificate. You may submit an application with an out-of-state license, but admitted students must obtain a New York State RN license prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.

Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States are required to upload one (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended and submit one (1) official course-by-course evaluation of each foreign transcript directly to our office at the time of application. Your application will not be reviewed without these documents. Please mail your official course-by-course evaluation(s) to:

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
433 First Avenue, LL1
New York, NY 10010

For applicants whose native language is not English, a copy of your latest TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Admitted students will be asked to submit official test scores prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers. We require a minimum TOEFL internet-based score of 100 and an IELTS Band score of 7.

See Advanced Certificate for additional admission instructions and eligibility requirements.