Academic Catalog

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-MSN certificate program is designed to prepare Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists who are seeking preparation in the role of nurse practitioner as providers of primary health care to adults and older adults. Upon completion of the 17 credit program, the student is eligible to sit for Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Admission Criteria

  • Ohio RN licensure.
  • Hold an MSN degree from a professionally accredited nursing program (clinical master’s preferred).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for MSN program.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years recent clinical experience in adult or gerontological health care.
  • Complete an application to The University of Akron Graduate School.
  • Submit a 300 word essay describing professional goals.
  • Submit a resume outlining prior education and work related experiences.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses: graduate level pathophysiology, advanced assessment, advanced clinical pharmacology.
  • Completion of an interview with the Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing faculty.

Program of Study

  • 8200:620 Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing NP I (2 credits)
  • 8200:627 Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing NP I Practicum (2 credits)
  • 8200:628 Adult/Gerontological NP II Practicum (2 credits)
  • 8200:629 Adult Gerontological Health Nursing NP III Practicum (2 credits)
  • 8200:690 Clinical Management I (3 credits)  
  • 8200:692 Clinical Management II (3 credits)    
  • 8200:694 Clinical Management III (3 credits)  

Students must complete a minimum of 735 clinical hours for eligibility to sit for certification.