Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology)

This program is offered online in selected states. Please contact us for more information.

This Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is designed for seasoned registered nurses who have bachelors degrees in a field outside of nursing who want to earn their MSN. Instead of requiring these students to earn a BSN degree, they take six courses from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and then launch into the MSN Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track.

The Bridge to Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares experienced registered nurses to provide competent advanced practice nursing care in complex, acute, and critical care settings through an evidence-based program of study. Graduates of this MSN bridge program may be eligible for certification as acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

The acute care nurse practitioner program combines courses in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acute and chronically ill adults. Clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on the patient, family, and community, and prepare the ACNP in the diagnosis and management of acute and life-threatening health problems.

Ethics, policy, research and statistics are all emphasized throughout the program, which concludes with a series of clinical experience practicum and didactic courses to help put your learning and research into practice, followed by a capstone project.

The supervised clinical experience includes three practicum courses. The Skills Lab component includes knowledge and skills acquisition for therapeutic interventions to stabilize acute and critical health problems, and includes procedures such as suturing, central line placement, and chest tube insertion.

The capstone project allows you to identify, address, analyze and recommend solutions toward a problem or issue currently in professional practice. Choose from any relevant topic related to nursing leadership, education, public health, adult clinical nurse specialist, acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner.

Select states may have additional requirements to meet the standards in that state. Students should reference their Enrollment Agreement for state specific requirement.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and masters degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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