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Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Enhance your nursing skills to a greater level of proficiency

People are living healthier and longer lives than ever. With this comes the need for nurses with MSNs who can confidently diagnose, treat, and care for an aging population. Through Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN AGACNP) track, you’ll learn research-based best practices that enhance your nursing skills in providing comprehensive advanced care to acutely ill patients across the adult lifespan.

Program graduates also gain the knowledge and skills to be prepared to sit for the AGACNP board certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

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15 Students

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Specialty Courses

Specialty Courses

The MSN Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track includes 18 courses totaling 45 credit hours. The track begins with nine, three-credit core courses that focus on specific roles of the advanced nurse in the healthcare system prior to transitioning into specialty courses specific to the track.

The curriculum aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master-Level education preparation standards — including the Master’s Essentials — in addition to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.

  • Advanced Physical Assessment
    NR553 3 credit hours

    This course builds upon basic health assessment and guides the student to obtain a complete and accurate health assessment, including history, physical examination, and commonly used screening tools, as a foundation for advanced nursing practice with clients across the life span. The course emphasizes critical analysis and synthesis of physical exam data, relevant health history data, critical risk appraisal of the physical and mental status, assessment of nutrition, and anticipatory guidance relevant to health promotion and disease prevention. At the conclusion of the course, the student will utilize distance learning technology to demonstrate a comprehensive physical health assessment.

  • Epidemiology and Population Health
    NR514 3 credit hours

    This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the advanced nursing role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations. Applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, the student relates the basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of population health, using epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.  Disease prevention and health promotion of populations are examined through the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events, including the study of social determinants of health.

  • Healthcare Systems, Nursing Leadership and Advanced Nursing Role
    NR523 3 credit hours

    This course examines the healthcare system and guides students to assess and analyze the healthcare system in the context of advanced practice nursing and the role of advanced practice nurses. The student explores organizational and system science, change theories and social change theories in its application to healthcare. Healthcare leadership including theory and styles as well as contemporary approaches, ethical practice and leadership strategies are examined. Inter/intra professional communication, teamwork, consultation, diversity and collaboration are discussed as cornerstones for patient safety, optimal health outcomes and accountability in health care. The student analyzes and evaluates the intersection of current and emerging healthcare system challenges and advanced practice role dimensions. 

  • Health Policy, Advocacy and Economics in Healthcare
    NR524 3 credit hours

    This course examines healthcare delivery in the United States, to include the role of public policy, advocacy, and industry regulation. Health policy perspectives and the analytical tools to understand the national policy-making environment are integrated throughout the course. Key policy issues and core constructs for analysis include national health expenditures and cost containment strategies, patient access and health disparities, health care quality and performance improvement, and workforce policy. Health care reform, future directions and trends, and policy innovations are examined for their impact on advanced nursing practice, service delivery, and health outcomes. Health systems of other developed and developing countries are examined to gain a global perspective and appreciation for a variety of health system attributes.

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    NR533 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of quality improvement science, and its application to quality and safety in healthcare. The student examines quality improvement models in the delivery of healthcare and measures for quality improvement initiatives. Foundations of health care quality and the science underlying patient safety and quality improvement, design and select effective health care measures are explored. The course includes analysis and processes related to patient safety problems using tools such as human factors analysis and discusses systematic quality improvement approaches including the Model for Improvement (MFI) and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) models to address quality improvement challenges, and strategies to lead a culture of change.

  • Informatics & Healthcare Technologies
    NR534 3 credit hours

    This seminar reviews concepts important to implementing and sustaining effective use of technology in the clinical environment.  Security and privacy for the protection of privileged information, effective policy development, testing and implementation are examined.  Concepts of change management as well as informatics role in community/population health monitoring and management are explored.  The student studies the use of technology to generate new evidence, the potential influence of emerging technologies on clinical practice and the importance of developing a caring practice in a high technology environment.

  • Advanced Pharmacology
    NR552 3 credit hours

    This course builds on the student’s understanding of fundamental pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, and dose-response relationships and includes the study of major pharmacological classes related to common disease processes.  The course explores the major pharmacological drug classes and their application to the principles of therapeutic decision-making, including legal and ethical implications.

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
    NR548 3 credit hours

    This course examines pathophysiological processes integral to the understanding of human health conditions and disorders across the lifespan. Objective and subjective manifestations of common health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptation are assessed and analyzed. Assessment findings, diagnostic testing, and interventions for specific health problems are discussed. The etiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of disorders are reviewed within the context of age, gender, lifestyle and sociocultural determinants. Principles of pathophysiology are applied to recognize clinical signs and symptoms consistent with human health conditions. The impact of health promotion and disease prevention on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan are explored. 

  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
    NR593 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the use of the research process in developing new nursing knowledge and applying to an evidence-based practice. The student examines and develops research questions considers theoretical frameworks, methods of data collection and analysis, and the interpretation and use of study findings in providing evidence based care of individuals, families, and communities. The importance of scientific integrity and ethical standards are emphasized and ethical issues in the conduct of research are explored. The student is prepared to critically appraise and utilize research, and identify researchable problems within the context of his/her own practice.

Concentration Courses

  • Advanced Pharmacology – Population Focus: Adult and Geriatric
    NR591 2 credit hours

    This course builds on principles of advanced pharmacology and provides a comprehensive overview of major drug classifications in relation to adult and geriatric populations. The effects of selected medications on pathophysiology with geriatric considerations are examined.  The student explores clinical decision making, evidence-based prescribing and safety, dose-response, side effects/drug interactions, and use of medication in the overall plan of care for populations across the lifespan, with an emphasis on preventive and health promotion and chronic disease management considerations.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care I
    NR621 2 credit hours

    This course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical I
    NR622 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the ACNP-AG expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include practitioners and adult and adult-geriatric nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care II
    NR623 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Adult Geriatric Acute Care I, this course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical II
    NR624 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the ACNP-AG expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include practitioners and adult and adult-geriatric nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care III
    NR625 2 credit hours

    This course builds upon Acute Care II and examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. A focus on the management of acute and chronic health problems will be analyzed.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care Clinical III
    NR626 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the AGPCNP expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include adult or family nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.

  • Adult Geriatric Acute Care IV
    NR627 2 credit hours

    A continuation of Adult Geriatric Acute Care III this course examines evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic health care settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment, diagnosis and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. A focus on the management of acute and chronic health problems will be analyzed.

  • Adult Geriatric and Acute Care Clinical IV
    NR628 2 credit hours

    This course includes an intense clinical experience to build the AGPCNP expertise. A minimum of 165 clinical hours in an adult acute/critical and/or chronic health care setting, providing care to an adult/geriatric population. Preceptors may include adult or family nurse practitioners or other physicians practicing in the health care setting.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better preferred

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Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally-accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note: All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memorandum of understanding (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Provide practicum location and contact confirmation
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

Professional Licensure Disclosure

For the Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Practitioner concentrations (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), Norwich The Master of Science in Nursing, with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, is designed to prepare students for advanced practice. The requirements for professional licensure or certification vary by state. Norwich University has determined that the Norwich nursing program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for state licensure. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure. 

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Tuition & Fees

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When applying for the online Master of Science - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track, consider these two essential factors: what does it cost and how can you pay for it? Financial assistance and several financial strategies can help achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options best suited for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 45
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $800

2019-2020 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master’s Programs

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$800
$3,200 - $4,800
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
  • Graduation - $150/one-time
$39,525

Careers & Outcomes

With the impending retirement of baby boomer nurses, the U.S. is projected to experience a severe shortage of qualified nursing professionals.* Nurses who choose to elevate their skills to a master’s-level proficiency can help fill this void while exploring opportunities for career advancement, leadership, greater autonomy in the workplace, and a higher pay than nurses with only a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The average salary for an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner is $89,637, with significant increases based on years of experience and geographic location.** Due to the highly-specialized nature of their field, AGACNP nurses are positioned to pursue secure and fulfilling careers, and are highly sought by organizations that include:

Places of Work
  • Hospitals
  • The U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Admin
  • Urgent care facilities
  • State- or locally-operated health departments
  • Colleges/universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Nursing and rehabilitation centers
  • Privately run doctor’s offices


*AACN Nursing

**PayScale