As a graduate of the AGACNP specialty, you will be prepared as a beginning-level advanced practice provider of care for acutely ill adults with multiple and complex problems. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take an AGACNP national board certification examination. To qualify for entry into the AGACNP Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse and experience in an acute care setting.
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.
College of Nursing
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
All applicants to the certificate program should review the application information on the College of Nursing's website. In order to apply for this program you must first submit an online application through NursingCAS followed by the University of Arizona Graduate College GradApp. Admission requirements include copies of RN licensure and other documents. Additional program information, including curriculum and clinical requirements, is available here: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/content/graduate-nurse-practitioner-certificates
We do not require any standardized tests for admission to the certificate program.
Certificate students may not be eligible for financial aid.
Fall term starts
Students are admitted to the certificate program once per year for an August start. Applications open in January with deadline in March. Applicants are encouraged to review the information and updated deadlines on the College of Nursing website prior to submitting an application. Additional program information, including curriculum and clinical requirements, is available here: https://www.nursing.arizona.edu/content/graduate-nurse-practitioner-certificates
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The certificate prepares graduates to be advanced care providers in roles as nurse practitioners.
Minimum Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 14
Substitutions permitted: Yes with approval of program advisor
Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) will be held August 2023 in a virtual format. During RISE, students will be immersed in learning activities tailored to their specific program and specialty. Students will meet with faculty advisors, fellow classmates, and learn details about their graduate degree program and specialty.
On-Campus Program Requirements:
DNP students will be required to attend the in person mandatory components of the curriculum:
Clinical Course Progression
Total program requires a minimum of 720 hours. Clinical rotations begin during the spring, after successful completion of 609a Advanced Health Assessment. Refer to the specialty's program guide for detailed information.
View Program Guide Here for more information on clinical practicum hours.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.