Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Program Description

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master’s statutory certificate program is designed to allow master’s prepared registered nurses to add professional competencies which prepare them for additional areas of gainful employment.  Acute Care Nurse Practitioners care for patients who are acutely and critically ill across the continuum of acute care services. 

Clinical experiences are provided within the Columbia University Medical Center facilities and require full time study. Emphasis is placed on integrating didactic knowledge with patient management and advanced clinical skills.

Graduates are eligible to take the national professional certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The program is certified for advanced practice/nurse practitioner status by the New York State Education Department.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Please note, applications for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program can only be submitted online.

Admission criteria include:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program with official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Personal interview with the program director
  • Current New York State nursing license or eligibility
  • Minimum of one year clinical experience (acute/critical care preferred)
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Students must secure a site and preceptor for primary care student practice that is acceptable to the program director.


The minimum credits for the post master’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program is 25 credits and represents the basic post-master’s statutory certificate in this major.

Individual students may need additional course work, depending on previous study and experience. Students may receive advanced standing or exemption, based on standard School policy.

A sample curriculum is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this is a sample curriculum plan, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Course Number Course Name Credits
N6838 Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult I 3
N6839 Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult II 3
N6940 Management and Advanced Practice Nursing 1
N8786 Advanced Clinical Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
N8788 Advanced Clinical Assessment: Acute Care 1
N8816 Practicum in Critical/Acute Care for the Nurse Practitioner 2
N8823 Advanced Practicum in Acute Care 3
N8825 Integration Practicum in Critical Care for the Nurse Practitioner 5
N8843 Acute Care Independent Study 2
Total Credits 23

The above information is current as of 04/23/2009 and is subject to change.

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