Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP)


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AC ACNP) 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 AG ACNPs 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).

Application Requirements and Deadlines

For Master of Science Program or Post Master's Students  
Is RN experience required? A minimum of two years adult acute care nursing experience in the hospital setting is required prior to applying to the program
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty Experience in the hospital setting incorporates all inpatient settings including, but not limited to, Medical/Surgical, Telemetry, Critical Care, Trauma, Transplant, Cardiology, Pulmonary, Neurology and Emergency Department. Applicants are not required to have Critical Care or Emergency Department nursing experience. However, experience in these settings is preferred if the applicant wishes to precept in these settings while enrolled in the program
Application Deadline February 1, 2021
For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students  
Does this specialty admit MEPN students? No


Review the curriculum for this specialty. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Post-Master's Certificate Program

This specialty offers Post-Master’s studies. Enrolled students who need all courses to be eligible for national certification are required to take four quarters. There is no part-time option. An accelerated three-quarter program may be available for applications who are graduates of UCSF and have completed and advanced practice program (CNS or NP).

Learn more about our Post-Master's Certificate Program, including how to apply.


Roxanne Garbez, RN, PhD, ACNP, CNS
Dawn Troeger, MSN-Ed, RN, ACNP
Rosalie Bravo, MS, RN, ACNP
Lisa Guertin, MS, RN, ACNP
Andrea Saito, MS, RN, ACNP
Joseph Simmons, MS, RN, ACNP, CNS
Ya-Chen Lee, MS, RN, ACNP

Contact Us

Specialty Coordinator: Roxanne Garbez, RN, PhD, ACNP, CNS
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Post-Masters Coordinator: Dawn Troeger, RN, MSN, ACNP AG ACNP
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Staff Contact: Rachel Goldberg
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