Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Oxley College of Health & Natural Sciences

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice in providing acute care and critical care for patients from adolescence to end of life. The AG-ACNP practices across all settings in providing restorative care for acute illness and acute exacerbations of chronic disease. While most AG-ACNPs practice in the hospital setting, others may practice in specialty clinics.

The AG-ACNP curriculum has been designed to provide intensive preparation for the nurse practitioner to enter practice in a critical care, hospital or clinic-based setting. The courses build on the knowledge gained in undergraduate nursing education and the experiences of providing direct acute and critical care at the bedside. This experience is crucial to success in the program.

You can find detailed information for the Loading… in the graduate bulletin.

That’s the proportion of our spring 2021 AG-ACNP graduates who passed their board certification exams in spring/summer 2021 (American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses exam). These first-time test-takers studied hard, rose to the challenge and are now well on the way to making a measurable impact on their patients’ lives and the health care system. We’re especially proud of the fact that this is the third year in a row that all of our AG-ACNP graduates have achieved this major career milestone.


Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the Graduate School. You will submit your application, supporting material and a $60 application fee through the Graduate School application system.ACEN accreditation commission seal

If you have any questions or problems with the TU Graduate School application link, please contact or 918-631-2336.

Applications are reviewed throughout the spring and summer until spaces are filled. Applications are reviewed as they are received and potential candidates will be scheduled for an interview.


  • AG-ACNP courses (years 1, 2 and 3)

    Year 1

    Fall semesterSpring semesterSummer semester
    DNP 8004 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
    DNP 8023 Advanced Pharmacology
    DNP 8043 Translational Research
    DNP 9003 Foundations for Practice
    DNP 8033 Advanced Assessment
    DNP 9023 Healthcare Informatics
    DNP 9013 Health Care Policy
    DNP 8053 Biostatistics
    DNPC 9303 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practice Diagnostic Reasoning
    DNPC 9323 AG-ACNP Advanced Skills Lab

    Year 2

    Fall semesterSpring semesterSummer semester
    DNP 9043 Organizational Leadership and Quality Improvement
    DNP 9073 D.N.P. Project Proposal
    DNP 9063 Epidemiology
    DNPC 9302 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum I
    DNPC 9312 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II
    DNPC 9322 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum III
    DNPC 9304 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I (Cardiac/Pulm)
    DNPC 9314 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II (Neuro/Renal/Hem-Onc)
    DNPC 9324 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III (ID/GI/Endocrine)

    Year 3

    Fall semesterSpring semester
    DNP 9173 D.N.P. Project Design
    DNP 9082 D.N.P. Project Completion
    DNPC 9342 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum IV
    DNPC 9313 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice Summation
    DNPC 9334 Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV (Acute Mental Health/Trauma/Critical Care Continuum)
    DNPC 9332 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Clinical Rotations
  • Admission requirements

    To be considered for graduate admission to the AG-ACNP program, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

    • A completed Graduate School application
    • Statement of purpose (admission essay)
    • 2 letters of recommendation from a coworker and a supervisor
    • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
    • Documentation of a current Registered Nurse license
    • $60 application fee
    • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam and have an official copy of their results sent to The University of Tulsa Graduate School. For more information on English language requirements, please review TU’s language proficiency policy.
  • Graduate Program FAQ

    Is there a part-time track?

    The FNP, AG-ACNP and NA programs are designed to be completed in sequence on a full-time basis to provide the best learning environment from inter-professional collaboration in clinical sites, human patient simulation labs and other nursing students.

    Is this an online/distance program?

    No. We feel that local faculty and facilities are essential in providing optimum learning environments to prepare nurse clinicians and leaders for the future.

    Are any of the classes online?

    Many classes have online components (asynchronous learning), that have a significant portion delivered asynchronously. However, there are portions that will require campus attendance. Lab courses and courses using the Human Patient Simulation lab will be on campus.

    Can I work and attend school?

    You may be able to work, but it should not be an excuse for poor academic performance. The time commitment of the programs is extensive, especially during clinical years, and may preclude outside employment.

    Do I need board certifications for acceptance (CCRN, RN-BC, CEN)?

    No, however, certifications may be beneficial for a competitive application.

    Do I need to take the GRE?

    No. The GRE is not required.

    Are all of the classes at the Oxley Health Sciences facility (downtown Tulsa)?

    All classes, with the exception of many clinical sites, are at TU’s Oxley Health Sciences facility. This facility is designed for health science education, with extensive lab and simulation spaces.

    How do I find a preceptor?

    To ensure quality learning environments, clinical sites and preceptors are selected by program directors and faculty. We expect students to focus on learning rather than locating preceptors.