Pathway 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 in another field, 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 an accelerated path toward completion of the MSN degree program. The APRN bridge blends online and in-person courses to 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 Pathway
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 online and in-person 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 pathway includes the following pre-requisite coursework:
- Foundations of professional nursing
- Health assessment
- Applied statistics for healthcare professionals
- Quantitative and qualitative research
- Concepts in community and public health
- Professional capstone and practicum
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 AGACNP bridge pathway step into MSN degrees to achieve credibility in the acute care field. After completing the bridge pathway, 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 pathway provides a helpful alternative.
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