Nurse practitioners with a master’s degree or higher interested in changing or expanding their knowledge in specialty areas may apply for a graduate certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute or Primary Care. Completion of the graduate certificate program will prepare students for certification as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner through certification agencies such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The acute care graduate certificate program prepares graduates to test for the AGNP-acute care certification and the primary care graduate certificate program prepares graduates to test for the AGNP-primary care certification. Note: Certification is available for graduates with a master’s or doctorate degree in advanced practice nursing.
Students in both the acute and primary care tracks will specialize in care of adults with a focus on older adults. Students in the acute care track will focus on diagnosis and treatment of patients in the acute care setting and all clinical experiences will occur in acute care settings. Students in the primary care track will focus on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in the ambulatory setting and all clinical experience occur in primary care settings. This program is offered primarily via distance education with 2 short on-site experiences on the Boise State University campus. The remainder of clinical experiences will occur in the area where the student resides.