Specialize in Managing the Health Care Needs of Adult and Geriatric Patients

Specialize in Managing the Health Care Needs of Adult and Geriatric Patients

If you are an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a master's degree and are functioning in a role in the acute care setting, either part-time or full-time, or are seeking to practice in this area, and do not want to earn a second master's degree, our on-campus, 12-month, post-master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master's Certificate program is the solution for you!
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Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

In the ever-changing world of healthcare, there is a recognized need for nurse practitioners (NP’s) who are skilled, educated, and competent to provide care to adult and geriatric patients with acute, chronic, and emergent healthcare needs.  The majority of nurse practitioners in Colorado and the nation are certified as primary care NP’s, even though many are working in hospitals, specialty areas and clinics which require knowledge and skills related to acute, rather than primary care.  This program is specifically designed to address this growing trend in NP education and practice and to provide the student with a curriculum that will allow them to obtain national certification in this area.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Post-Master in Nursing Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 17 semester hours (including 525 clinical hours). The program length is three semesters. 

Program Delivery: 

  • Campus-based delivery with hybrid format.
  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. one weekday per week; Does not include clinical hours.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate Required Courses
NR 628 Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (2 semester hours)
NR 626 Advanced Practice in Acute Care I for Adults across the Lifespan (5 semester hours)
NR 627 Advanced Practice in Acute Care II for Adults across the Lifespan (5 semester hours)
NR 629 Clinical Topics and Professional Issues for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (5 semester hours)

For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 


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The application opens September 1, 2016, for the Fall 2017 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. The application deadline is April 1, 2017. You must submit all application materials by this deadline to be considered for admission.

Admission Criteria

  • National certification in a nurse practitioner specialty
  • A transcript demonstrating an earned Master’s degree in nursing (or equivalent) from an NLNAC or AACN-CCNE accredited school
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Evidence of two (2) years recent work experience in an acute care setting
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Essay describing professional goals and reason for selecting Regis University
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure in the state in which the student will complete the required clinical practicum
  • Minimum competence levels in both written English and computational skills. Students with English as a second language (ESL) are required to pass the TOEFL examination with a minimum score of 213 (computer-based) or complete and ELS Language Center’s level 109-Academic within one (1) year prior to acceptance in the program
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals’ certification; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required prior to the start of classes if accepted into the program
  • Submission of completed application with application fee. A personal interview may be required

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

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You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

August 2016 - December 2016

Tuition (per semester hour) $725
Other Fees
Application Fee $50
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $69
Compilo (Web-based compliance program) fee $22/year

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Program Staff and Faculty

Program Director: Patsy McGuire Cullen, PhD, CPNP-PC
Professor and Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nurse Practitioner Programs

Lead Faculty: Ann Galloway, PhD, FNP-c, AGANCP
Robin Saki, DNP, AGACNP-c

Office of Admissions Contact: Nicole Dole
Phone: 303.458.4344 Email: ndole@regis.edu