The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares you
to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings. AGACNP's
are in high demand with rising patient acuity and a growing elderly population.
As an AGACNP student, you will learn to oversee care for patients with complex needs
— including assessment, clinical decision making, treatment planning, and diagnostic
and interventional procedures. Through online coursework, on-campus immersion activities,
and clinical rotations, you will gain the skills to treat patients from adolescence
through older adulthood and manage care from the bedside through follow-up in the
Upon program completion, you will be eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute
Care Nurse Practitioner exam administered through the American Nurse Credentialing
Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Our graduates are employed
in a variety of acute care settings such as hospitalist inpatient care, critical care,
trauma, cardiology, pulmonary, nephrology, gastroenterology, and surgery.
The MSN AGACNP program is a total of 46 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete
and all didactic coursework is online, distance format.
NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing A
NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service ManagementB
NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population AnalysisA
NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients
Across the Lifespan
NURS 790 - Research Methods for NursingA
NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning +
NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing ResearchB
NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
NURS 772 - Introduction of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems
NURS 773 - Management of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems I *
NURS 774 - Management of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems II +*
NURS 778 - Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
NURS 778A - Practicum of Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
Total 46 credits / 672 clinical hours +on campus immersion *course requires clinical hours Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts from all colleges
and universities attended must be submitted, whether you received a degree or not.
Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes
will not be considered a competitive applicant.
Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (2,400 hours) within
the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience in an acute care setting (ICU, critical
care, medical/surgical, or emergency department).
Submit a personal statement
Current CV or Resume
Three professional references - The professional recommendation form should come from
individuals with a master's or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your
potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be
used in lieu of our recommendation form.) Recommendations from family members are
The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may
be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate
admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.
The MSN AGACNP program accepts students for summer and fall entry. We recommend applying
early for the best chance for admission and scholarship eligibility.
Admission cycle for summer entry: Application opens - July 1 Early decision deadline - September 1 Priority decision deadline - November 1 Final decision deadline - February 1
Admission cycle for fall entry: Application opens - November 1 Early decision deadline - January 15 Priority decision deadline – March 1 Final decision deadline - May 1