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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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-Center for World University Rankings, 2022


in the Nation Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

- U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 70
Cost Per Credit: $1053
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College of Nursing

Program Details

Train to work in a fast-paced position and learn to order labs and diagnostic tests, interpret the data, and perform invasive procedures to act on information you might encounter in your future career as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). 

This Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty prepares nurses to work primarily with adult patients with life-threatening issues. As a hybrid program, a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and on-ground practicum and clinical placements are utilized. It is a practice-focused doctoral program emphasizing innovative, evidence-based professional practice and reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings. The AGACNP specialization is intended for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing.

The College of Nursing offers full-time and part-time options for DNP students. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester. Part-time study is only available during the pre-clinical portion of the program and adds a year to the degree completion timeline.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner will build core skills, including:

  • Hospice
  • Geriatrics
  • Patient safety
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Care coordination
  • Critical care
  • Measuring vital signs

Graduates of the Adult-gerontology Acute Care DNP program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Nurse Practitioner