Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, DNP)


Building upon its long-standing expertise in family nurse practitioner education, Pace is developing the next generation of Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and clinical leaders.

Pace’s Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program offers the 42-credit master of science degree, and the 78-credit advanced standing ACANP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as an ACANP, and apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your ACANP-DNP. If you are already a master’s prepared ACANP, Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue acute care adult nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice though adult acute care nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).

MS Program: For the RN with a bachelor’s degree to move into a well-paid career delivering healthcare in the context of adults/older adults within the acute care setting within a primary healthcare framework

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): For the nurse practitioner in another nurse practitioner specialty (including those practicing in an acute care environment) or a master’s-prepared nurse who is not a nurse practitioner in order to obtain certification in this specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: This executive format (completed online with five on-campus meetings per semester) degree provides an innovative curriculum, which meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP.