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Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Director of NP Programs &
Coordinator of AGACNP Concentration

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) prepared at the master’s or doctorate degree level as a nurse practitioner whose focus is the care of adult patients with complex acute, chronic, and critical conditions. The AGACNP is educated to provide comprehensive care (acute and chronic) in a variety of settings – including clinics, physicians’ offices and hospitals. The term "acute” is an umbrella term meant to differentiate the role from primary care practitioners.

Credentials and Certification
Graduation from the LSU Health New Orleans DNP program prepares you for state licensure and national certification in the role of Nurse Practitioner focused on complex care of patients across all stages of adulthood. After attaining licensure, attaining national certification, and completing a specified number of clinical hours, graduates will be eligible for prescriptive authority consistent with state law. The AGACNP graduate can apply for national certification via the American Association of Critical-care Nurses (AACN) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Functions Performed by the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
In addition to general functions performed by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, the AGACNP may also be credentialed for:

  • Hospital admission privileges
  • Invasive procedures, such as:
    • Central venous catheter placement
    • Arterial line placement
    • Oral intubation
    • Chest tube placement
    • Thoracentesis/Paracentesis/Arthrocentesis
    • Basic and Advanced suturing & wound closure
    • Incision & Drainage
  • Diagnosis and management of complex acute and critical illnesses
  • Consultation of specialty medical services
  • Hospital discharge planning, education, and referral
  • Provide comprehensive evaluation/management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems both in the hospital as well as outside the hospital setting

Career Opportunities
Across the United States, AGACNPs are working on the following medical teams:

  • Hospital Medicine
  • Critical Care & Pulmonary Medicine
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Cardiology Services
  • Nephrology

For further information about this program of study, please contact Leanne Fowler:

Phone Number: 504-568-4156
Email Address: