Master's Concentrations

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

Be a Leader in Adult-Gero Acute Care!

An unprecedented shortage of acute care practitioners is becoming critical across the nation. The demand for acute care services is expected to increase significantly by 2020, due to the aging population and the increasing utilization of acute care services. The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation is retiring in record numbers. This generation is benefitting from advances in diagnosis and treatment of illness by living longer. However, this also results in an increase in severe, life-threatening or chronic illness often requiring acute care services.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared specifically to care for the unique needs of aging adults across all acute care settings. Make a difference to patients across the nation by becoming an Adult Gerontology

Caring and Compassion for Adults and Older Adults

Why Adult Gerontology Primary Care?

Make a difference in the life of the patient and family

Why USF?

USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation

Why USF Nursing?

Nationally-renowned faculty with real world experience


"Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are in great demand across Tampa Bay area and the Nation to help assess and manage acutely ill adult patients that are rapidly aging and require specialized care within the hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, and clinics. The USF College of Nursing’s’ adult gerontology ACNP program remains the only one of its kind in Florida to meet tomorrow’s need today!"

Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANPPonrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANP
Assistant Professor and Concentration Director


Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher on all upper level baccalaureate coursework
  • Evidence of current RN Licensure in good standing

If you are an RN with a bachelor degree in a major other than nursing, you may also apply. Additional course requirements may apply, and our admissions team will be happy to discuss this option.

What People are Saying

"Congratulation on starting the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP program! As president of TBONE, I am confident that the residents of Tampa Bay will embrace this wonderful opportunity to improve the outcomes of patients in acute care settings. The members of the TBONE routinely inquire about the acute care program to fill the positions in the Intensive Care Units, emergency rooms, and other areas that have a great need for advance practice nurses at this level."

Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL
President, Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives

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