Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP


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.



  • AGACNP students complete diverse clinical experiences on medicine services, surgery services, cardiology services, rapid response services and intensive care units, post-anesthesia care units, emergency rooms. In addition, students may be placed in specialty services, such as cardiac catheterization labs, advanced heart failure clinics, and pain management services.    
  • Practicum Opportunities include:
    • New York University (NYU) Langone Health including Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic (LOH) Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island, NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn; Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC); New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH)/Weil Cornell Medical Center;  North Shore – Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System;  Montefiore Medical Center; Maimonides Medical Center



  • Complete New York State requirements for licensure and certification.
  • Meet eligibility requirements for certification as an AGACNP with the American Nurses Certification Center (ANCC) or as an ACNPC-AG with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
  • Meet state requirements for prescription authority.
  • Obtain federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authorization to prescribe controlled substances (from Schedules II through IV) for patients within the AGACNP’s practice area.