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.

The Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology 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 are eligible for certification as adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (ACNP-AG) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

The adult-gerontology program combines courses in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of adult and geriatric acute care patients, sub-acute patients and/or patients with exacerbations of chronic illness. Clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on the patient, family, and community, and prepare the ACNP-AG in the diagnosis and management of acute and life-threatening health problems. The 53-credit hour program includes 550 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with qualified preceptors.

A post-master's certificate program is available to those nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

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.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

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

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