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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing

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

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, College of Nursing

Caring and Compassion for Adults and Older Adults

Why Adult Gerontology Primary Care?

  • Make a difference in the life of the patient and family
  • Anticipate & manage acute episodic problems from chronic conditions
  • Provide in-depth skill to technologically dependent patients
  • Identify adult or older patients highly vulnerable to health complications
  • Promote disease prevention and cost effective health management
  • Patient-centric care: restore health, stabilization, or palliative care

Why USF?

  • USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation
  • USF is ranked 8th as an 'up and coming' university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges
  • USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011
  • USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.

Why USF Nursing?

  • First in Florida nursing program for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program to meet revised certification standards
  • Prepares graduates to sit for national certification as an Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 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 Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANP Assistant Professor and Concentration Director

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