Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The master of science in nursing (MSN) in the field of adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) degree program is separate and distinct from the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) program. The AGACNP program prepares nurse practitioners to provide care for acutely, critically, or complex chronically ill patients across the continuum of care. The principle focus of the program is on delivering care in hospital-based or urgent care centers. In contrast, the AGPCNP program prepares nurse practitioners (NPs) for practice in primary care settings.

Master’s and doctoral students take program-specific courses following completion of the master’s core curriculum. All courses are designed to satisfy the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials in Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Essentials (AACN, 2006) curriculum guidelines. In addition, program-specific courses are designed to meet specifications described in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies document (AACN, 2012) and prepare students to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. The program-specific courses include some on-campus components, including evaluations using standardized patients, simulation, and a clinical immersion experience.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 9 credits in professional core courses, 6 credits in research courses, 33 credits in field-specific courses, and completion of 625 clinical hours.

Program Requirements

Professional core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NURS 6235Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1: Introduction to Practice
NURS 6236Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 2: Complex and Acute Illness
NURS 6237Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 3: Complex and Chronic Disease Mgt Adolesc/Elderly