Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP)


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty remains the only one of its kind in Northern California. The specialty enables training within a diversity of hospitalized patient practice settings, such as but not limited to, internal medicine, transplant, cardiology, neurosurgical, oncology, trauma, intensive care and emergency department.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. In addition, some AGACNPs provide direct patient management from admission to discharge in collaboration with the physician and other members of the health care team. AG ACNPs may also continue to monitor the patient as the patient moves into the outpatient setting to ensure successful transition after discharge and complete resolution of transition needs. The structure of the role depends upon the collaborative agreement with physicians and other members of the health care team.


Upon completion of the specialty, students will be eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).


Current students can visit the Master of Science program's Collaborative Learning Environment site to access the curriculum (MyAccess credentials required).

For individuals applying for admission for fall 2024, the sample curriculum for the BSN Entry to DNP — Advanced Nursing Focus pathway can be viewed on our Curriculum webpage.

Practice Experience Requirement

Applicants to the UCSF AGACNP specialty are required to have a minimum of two years of RN inpatient clinical practice experience. Review our Application Requirements webpage for a full list of admissions requirements.


Lisa Guertin, DNP, ACNP-BC, associate professor - Specialty Coordinator
Rosalie D. Bravo, MS, RN, ACNP, professor emerita
Alonya Elgrably, DNP, ACNP-BC, associate professor
Corey Fry, DNP, ACNP-BC, assistant professor
Denise Li, PhD, RN, AGACNP-BC, professor
Andrea Saito, MS, RN, ACNP, associate professor
Dawn Troeger, MSN-Ed, RN, ACNP, associate professor
Chi Vang-Moore, DNP, AGACNP-BC, assistant professor
Scott Weyland, DNP, ACNP-BC, assistant professor

Contact Us

Specialty Coordinator: Lisa Guertin, DNP, ACNP-BC
[email protected]

Post-Masters Coordinator: Dawn Troeger, MS, RN, AGACNP
[email protected]