Program Highlights

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare nurses to care for patients who are acutely and critically ill across the continuum of acute care services. Students gain a strong background in advanced assessment, therapeutics, and technology. Emphasis is placed on integrating didactic knowledge with patient management and advanced technical skills.

The program offers a broad preparation in the management of acutely and critically ill patients with additional opportunities to concentrate on populations of special interest. With a strong emphasis on research and evidence-based practice, students follow a curriculum that includes theoretical content and guided clinical experiences that emphasize holistic patient care and a collaborative, interprofessional team approach. For their practicum experiences, students are paired with acute care nurse practitioners, physicians or collaborative teams.

Graduates are eligible to take the national professional certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

  • Students complete a total of 44 credits in either one year or one and a half years of study; opportunities for financial assistance are available.
  • opportunities for financial assistance are available.
  • The full time program starts each Fall semester and the part-time program starts each Spring semester. Students are encourage to participate in an online Advanced Practice Preparation (APP) prior to starting classes to prepare for graduate level advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology courses.
  • Classes are taught by the University of Miami’s prestigious faculty who focus on evidence-based and patient-centered practices.
  • Students’ clinical experiences include a variety of hospitals and healthcare facilities that serve South Florida’s multicultural and diverse population.
  • Students participate in the management of acutely ill and critically injured adult patients from South Florida, the Caribbean and South America, which includes adolescents, young to middle-age adults and older adults age 65 years and older.
  • Program graduates are eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.


The MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.