Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate
Purdue University Global

Program Details

Prepare for providing direct care management, diagnosis, and treatment planning for acutely ill medical, surgical, and critical care adults. Complete your courses online, on your schedule.

  • Program Highlights: Study advanced physiology, pathophysiology, health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics; acute care management and diagnosis; and critical care management.
  • Certifications: Prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exams.
  • CCNE Accredited: The postgraduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue University Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • Clinical Experiences: This population focus area includes an online skills lab that incorporates an Oculus Quest VR headset for a virtual lab experience, allowing you to work remotely with faculty and staff.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.
Graduates who pass the relevant certification exam may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please refer to for additional information on licensure, state authorizations, and program availability. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams.
Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
*There is a one-time fee for Clinic Immersives NP Skills Lab hardware.

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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Purdue University Global is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Purdue University Global is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Students must complete an in-person skills intensive, which takes place at a Purdue Global campus or learning center over the course of 2.5 days.

Restricted States

Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, International, Puerto Rico, Guam