Academic Programs

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

  • The 2017 "Best Graduate Schools" rankings published by US News and World Report ranked the University of Illinois College of Nursing’s AG-ACNP program 10th in the nation!
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Acute and Primary Care - Adult-Gerontology

Leading the way in Illinois in educating adult-gerontology primary  and acute care nurse practitioners, our programs offer a diverse curriculum to provide care to the entire adult/older adult age spectrum and across the continuum of care from wellness to illness. The scope of practice of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AG-PCNP)  or adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) is not setting ­specific but patient-centered.

The objectives of our  Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are to prepare expert advanced practice nurses who can synthesize practice, research, and theory to increase the quality and utilize evidence as the basis of patient care.

Our core courses, such as health assessment, physiology, and pharmacology, prepare you with the foundational knowledge required for all graduate students. Our clinical courses include a wide variety of opportunities that allow you to build on your existing clinical skills, broaden your knowledge base, and gain the knowledge and skills essential to practicing in your concentrated area of either adult-gerontology acute or  primary care.

We offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree  with the  following specialities: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) Program

AG-PCNPs assess and manage patients in primary and specialty care settings, focusing on diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic primary health care problems, as well as providing health promotion and maintenance. The patient population of the AG-PCNP practice includes young adults (including late adolescents), adults, and older adults. The AG-PCNP can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. The AG-PCNP applies evidence in practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. AG-PCNPs work in a variety of settings, such as community health clinics, specialty clinics, and hospitals.

AG-PCNP Program Information

The UIC CON Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP) program is preparation for board certification to provide primary health care to adults across the life continuum. The AG-PCNP is prepared through coursework and clinical practice to provide advanced practice patient-centered care that includes health promotion and disease management to the adult population from adolescence through geriatrics. The AGPCNP program emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice.

The BSN-DNP program with AG-PCNP concentration consists of 77 credit hours of coursework in a hybrid environment that includes online, blended, and on-campus courses. It requires 1000 hours of clinical practicum, with 675 hours in the AGPCNP clinical specialty.  Clinical practicums are arranged in a variety of practice settings including primary care clinics, skilled and assisted living facilities, specialty ambulatory clinics, hospitals, home health agencies and other outpatient settings. The AG-PCNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Program

AG-ACNPs assess and manage acutely ill patients within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, acute and sub-acute care units, specialty clinics, or any combination of the above. The AG-ACNP can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. In addition, some AG-ACNPs provide direct patient management from admission to discharge in collaboration with other members of the health care team. AG-ACNPs also may continue to follow the patient into the outpatient setting to ensure successful transition after discharge and complete resolution of transition needs.

AG-ACNP Program Information

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced nursing care in complex patient situations. The AGACNP manages acute, critical, and chronic illness across the adult lifespan and across a continuum of care settings. The AGACNP program emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice to provide quality, patient-centered care that meets the specialized needs of complex and high acuity patients. Graduates of this program are prepared for direct care roles as an AGACNP and to be leaders within the healthcare system.

The BSN-DNP program with AGACNP concentration consists of 77 credit hours of coursework in a hybrid environment that includes online, blended, and on-campus courses. It requires 1000 hours of clinical practicum, with 675 hours in the AGACNP clinical specialty. Clinical practicums are arranged in a variety of hospital (including ICU and ER) and specialized outpatient settings, and include both medicine and surgery specialty areas.

The AGACNP program is offered in Chicago and at the Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Urbana, and Springfield regional sites.

Certification

Upon completion of the  Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in one of the specialties, graduates may be eligible to seek certification from a variety of national programs (e.g., the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]).