AGACNP MSN Bridge Program

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

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Program offered in select states including AZ, NM, NV, CO, TX, FL.

Prepare for AGACNP Credentials in Critical Care Excellence

For experienced RNs who possess a bachelor’s degree outside the field of nursing, the Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology), offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is a path to the MSN degree program. The APRN bridge courses will provide students with the background and experience they need to move forward in the AGACNP field. Learn the foundations of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment while preparing to advance your career serving the critically ill adult and geriatric patient populations.

What You Will Learn in the MSN Bridge Program

Prepare for your acute care nurse practitioner in adult-gerontology (AGACNP) master’s degree in nursing by taking three 16-week clinical courses that combine didactic and clinical. These courses will prepare you to enter into an MSN program with the background knowledge and APRN skills you need to be successful. The MSN bridge program coursework includes:

  • Foundations of professional nursing
  • Health assessment
  • Applied statistics for healthcare professionals
  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • Concepts in community and public health
  • Pathophysiology
  • Evidence-based practices in gerontology care

Students will arrive at an understanding of nurse practice competencies, physical examination skills and comprehensive knowledge of health promotion, documentation and evaluation. Additionally, students will gain a foundation in research skills so students will be equipped to take research findings into their practice. Individual, community and public health is also explored, as well as a host of other essential nursing concepts and APRN skills.

Transition Into an AGACNP MSN Degree

Most students completing the AG-ACNP bridge program step into MSN degrees to achieve credibility in the acute care field. After completing the bridge program, students are qualified to apply for the Master of Science in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology degree program. This program combines courses in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis and procedural skill acquisition with care management for acute and chronically ill adults. Multiple clinical practicums, labs and correlating pedagogy emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on patients and their families as well as the general community. This MSN program with an AGACNP focus exposes students to various modes of care and includes two on-campus experiences designed to provide hands-on skill development, collaboration with peers and preparation for national certification exams. For students seeking to gain the skills and career opportunities that come with an MSN, but lack a relevant bachelor’s degree, the MSN AGACNP bridge program provides a helpful alternative.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 5 weeks
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Online: $470 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. The course also emphasizes writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health promotion strategies. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, health patterns across the lifespan, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.

Course Description

This writing intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

Program Locations

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Program Domains

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