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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice in providing acute care and critical care for patients from adolescence to end of life. The AG-ACNP practices across all settings in providing restorative care for acute illness and acute exacerbations of chronic disease. While most AG-ACNPs practice in the hospital setting, others may practice in specialty clinics.

The AG-ACNP curriculum has been designed to provide intensive preparation for the nurse practitioner to enter practice in a critical care, hospital, or clinic-based setting. The courses build on the knowledge gained in undergraduate nursing education and the experiences of providing direct acute and critical care at the bedside. This experience is crucial to success in the program.


Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the Graduate School. You will submit your application, supporting material and a $60 application fee through the Graduate School application system.

If you have any questions or problems with the TU Graduate School application link, please contact or 918-631-2336.

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You can find detailed information about the program in the bulletin.

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  • Admission Requirements

    To be considered for graduate admission to the AG-ACNP program, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

    • A completed Graduate School application
    • Statement of purpose (admission essay)
    • 2 letters of recommendation from a coworker and a supervisor
    • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
    • Documentation of a current Registered Nurse license
    • $60 application fee
    • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam and have an official copy of their results sent to The University of Tulsa Graduate School. For more information on English language requirements, please review TU’s language proficiency policy.
  • Graduate Program FAQ

    Is there a part-time track?

    The FNP, AG-ACNP and NA programs are designed to be completed in sequence on a full-time basis to provide the best learning environment from inter-professional collaboration in clinical sites, human patient simulation labs and other nursing students.

    Is this an online/distance program?

    No. We feel that local faculty and facilities are essential in providing optimum learning environments to prepare nurse clinicians and leaders for the future.

    Are any of the classes online?

    Many classes have online components (asynchronous learning), that have a significant portion delivered asynchronously. However, there are portions that will require campus attendance. Lab courses and courses using the Human Patient Simulation lab will be on campus.

    Can I work and attend school?

    You may be able to work, but it should not be an excuse for poor academic performance. The time commitment of the programs is extensive, especially during clinical years, and may preclude outside employment.

    Do I need board certifications for acceptance (CCRN, RN-BC, CEN)?

    No, however, certifications may be beneficial for a competitive application.

    Do I need to take the GRE?

    No. The GRE is not required.

    Are all of the classes at the Oxley Health Sciences facility (downtown Tulsa)?

    All classes, with the exception of many clinical sites, are at TU’s Oxley Health Sciences facility. This facility is designed for health science education, with extensive lab and simulation spaces.

    How do I find a preceptor?

    To ensure quality learning environments, clinical sites and preceptors are selected by program directors and faculty. We expect students to focus on learning rather than locating preceptors.

  • Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate, students must adhere to the program and graduate school requirements and policies as published in the DNP Graduate Program Handbook, the Graduate School Website, and the Graduate School Handbook.

    Additional Graduation Requirements:

    1. Have your plan of study approved by your academic advisor and the graduate school.
    2. Adhere to the program academic plan of study throughout your time within the program.
    3. Adhere to the program and graduate school requirements and policies as published in the DNP Graduate Program Handbook, the Graduate School Website, and the Graduate School Handbook.
    4. Follow the program plan of study and take courses in a sequential order as outlined on the plan of study.
    5. Complete the requirements of the DNP Scholarly Project as listed in the DNP Project courses.
    6. Defend your DNP project.
    7. Maintain a grade of at least a B or “Passing” within all program courses.
    8. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 while enrolled in the program.
    9. Complete a minimum of 1000 clinical hours.
    10. Submit a graduate degree application through the graduate school.
    11. Participate in Commencement (optional).