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Adult/Gerontology Acute Care

Prepare for a rewarding career providing inpatient care for patients from adolescence throughout the lifespan. The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty track at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston offers a flexible and affordable option for working nurses.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track at a Glance

With online courses and on-campus clinical requirements, the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty track at Cizik School of Nursing prepares you to work with patients with complex health issues across the continuum of acute care services. As a student in the AGACNP nursing track, you may take advantage of valuable clinical opportunities within the world-famous Texas Medical Center or at hospitals and practices throughout the state.

Upon completion, you can apply to take the national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).  Once certified, you can then apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license in Texas.

Admit Terms

Spring and Fall

Average Completion

10 semesters

Credit Requirement

29-30 hours for postgraduate; 79 hours for BSN-DNP

Educational Mode

Online with on-campus requirements

Enrollment Level

Degree plan includes a mix of full- and part-time semesters.


Among the lowest in the state

Two doctor of nursing practice graduates at commencement.

Nurse Practitioner Pathways

Wherever you are on your nursing journey, Cizik School of Nursing can help you become a leader in advanced practice nursing. Get the details on options for students entering with a BSN or a graduate degree.

Affordable AGACNP Specialty Track

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice nursing program offers affordable tuition, accessible course delivery online and in person, and real-world clinical experiences. By completing your DNP on the AGACNP track, you will graduate ready to treat acutely ill patients and lead health care teams.

Meet student Mary Alejo

Mary Alejo, BSN, RN, CCRN, chose Cizik School of Nursing for its affordability and reputation as the best in Texas. Driven by a passion for advanced ICU care, she thrives on critical thinking and rapid decision-making.

Accessible Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Our flexible, hybrid curriculum plan enables nurses to advance their education and careers on the AGACNP track at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. Most coursework is online, with some in-person lab and simulation requirements for hands-on learning experiences. Clinical courses involve attending clinical sites for a specified number of hours, which vary by semester.



Exceptional Clinical Experiences

Whether you complete your clinical hours in Houston’s world-renowned Texas Medical Center or at top-notch hospitals around the state, you will graduate with the expertise and confidence to provide exceptional patient care.

Get started toward becoming an AGACNP

Apply today for the AGACNP specialty track at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. When you graduate from one of the most respected DNP programs in the state, you will be highly sought after by employers throughout Texas and the nation.

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DNP student at commencement

Need Help?

Our enrollment coaches can help you navigate the application process.

Call 713-500-2145, or email [email protected].


Your Home for Lifelong Learning

Once you have become a nurse practitioner, Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston will be here to help you maintain your certification and hone your skills through continuing professional development courses and webinars.