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The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, prepares nurses at the master’s level as an advanced practice nurse to practice in a variety of acute or critical care settings.

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Overview

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track requires 44 total credit hours, 32 didactic and 12 clinical, with 600 total hours of direct patient care. Three distance accessible didactic graduate core courses provide students with a strong advanced generalist base for managing the care of patients with common health problems, and with complex problems that may require intensive collaborative management. Clinical experiences are in clinics or doctors' offices, where students manage common episodic and chronic health problems of patients, and in acute and critical care settings where students learn to manage the care of acutely or critically ill patients. Students who start course work in the summer semester will take seven semesters to complete the program. Students starting in the fall semester will take six semesters to complete the program.


Further Specialization

Electives are available for knowledge-based enhancement in a variety of subjects, including teaching and diabetes management.


Orientation and Intensives

Students are required to visit the UAB School of Nursing campus in Birmingham, Ala., for orientation and three multiday intensives.


Certification and Licensure


Once students successfully complete the program, they are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are able to apply to take either, or both, of the national certification exams for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Adult Acute Nurse Practitioners are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.

Doctoral Education


A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.

For more information:

Kathryn Langley, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC
Specialty Track Co-Coordinator
205-934-2507 | 

Rebecca Suttle, DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC
Specialty Track Co-Coordinator
205-996-1606 |  


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (