Dual Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice

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 program (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.

The AGACNP program can be pursued as part of a dual degree program that awards the master of science in nursing (MSN) mid-program and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree upon completion. Students take the DNP core courses in the final semesters of the program. All students must have an earned bachelor’s degree to enter the program and complete the MSN core courses at the beginning of their graduate-level program of study. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the School of Nursing website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 81 credits, including 78 credits in required courses and a 3-credit elective course.

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
NURS 6241The Health Care Enterprise
NURS 8401Organizational Concepts in Nursing
NURS 8402Knowledge Management in Nursing
NURS 8403Translating Research into Practice
NURS 8404Health Services Research and Policy for Nurses
NURS 8405Health Care Quality Improvement
NURS 8413Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Advanced Role Immersion
NURS 8498Research Project Proposal
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project
NURS 8499Clinical Research Project
One 3-credit elective course.