Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) MSN

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 available in AZ, NV, CA, CO, NM, TX, FL, GA, IL, NC

Enroll in GCU's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program enables experienced nurses to provide advanced level care in complex, acute and critical settings for adult and geriatric patients. In the acute care role, nurse practitioners’ scope of work includes providing assessments, diagnoses and care for adults and the geriatric population. Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNP) perform health assessments, prescribe medications and suggest quality health treatments to manage acute, subacute and complex patients, as well as those with chronic illness.

Gain Specialized Training in an MSN AGACNP Program to Make a Difference in the Lives of Seniors

This AGACNP online program at GCU is designed for experienced registered nurses who want to advance their skill sets with APRN courses. The acute care nurse practitioner who specializes in adult-gerontology needs specialized training to care for that population. This specific MSN AGACNP program at GCU ensures future acute care nurses have the experience and nursing education necessary for successful healthcare careers.

Acute care nurse practitioner students complete 675 hours of supervised clinical practice. Nursing students will also attend two on-campus experience programs. Over the course of three days, these on-campus programs are designed to ensure future nurse practitioners have hands-on opportunities. Here is an idea of adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners’ scope of practice:

  • Suturing
  • Incision
  • Drainage
  • Casting
  • Splinting
  • Intubation
  • Catheter insertion
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Radiology interpretation
  • Ventilator management
  • Hemodynamic monitoring

An additional two-day on-campus experience helps students prepare for certification as an acute care nurse practitioner through individual review, planning, systems and topic reviews.

The MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program for adult gerontology meets the standards set forth by numerous professional agencies, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and American Nursing Association (ANA). Nurses who wish to practice acute care in certain states may be required to meet additional standards.

GCU’s MSN AGACNP program is accredited. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

Learn Diagnostic and Critical Care Approaches for Older Adults in GCU's MSN AGACNP Program

In this acute care nurse practitioner program, you will learn advanced theories and practices related to all areas of direct critical care for gerontology patients. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at GCU ensures that all future acute care nurse practitioners are well-rounded in their approach to healthcare.

These seven domains provide the foundation for the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program coursework:

  1. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  2. Leadership, Policy and Advocacy
  3. Systems, Safety and Quality
  4. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  5. Analytic Foundations for Practice, Ethics and Professional Role
  6. Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing
  7. Independent Practice for the AGACNP

These domains require the future acute care nurse to take coursework that prepares them to make critical judgments about the symptoms and complaints of adult and geriatric patients. The acute care nurse must be able to work with patients and their families in all types of settings and locations. Communication is the backbone of this profession so that the acute care nurse practitioner can educate, consult, collaborate and influence public policy.

The GCU MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program includes the study of:

  • Managing the adult-gerontology patient
  • Complications related to gerontology
  • Disease detection
  • Diagnosis
  • Research
  • Culturally relevant practices

Careers for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners With an MSN Degree

Graduates from this specific GCU MSN, may continue in their current roles or use their educational experience to advance their careers. They may work in outpatient, inpatient and hospital-based settings to manage the physical health of adult and geriatric patients involving acute and chronic conditions. Other workplace settings may include:

  • Trauma units
  • Emergency care
  • Acute care units
  • Specialty clinics
  • Long-term care facilities

If you are an experienced nurse looking to advance your career, it is time for you to learn how to do so. Join us for the Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree program at GCU.

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TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 53
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
TUITION RATE:
Online: $715 per credit [More Info]

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) MSN Degree FAQs

AGACNP stands for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. These healthcare professionals provide advanced acute and critical care for adult and geriatric patients.

Acute care simply means a functional treatment to care for short-term needs — usually less than one month of symptoms. Treatments performed by adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners include health assessments, prescribing medications, and recommending effective health treatments for patients with acute, subacute (one to three months of symptoms) and sometimes chronic illnesses (more than three months of symptoms).

Yes, the advanced practice nursing programs at GCU are designed for practitioners that already have experience in direct patient care. To be eligible to apply to GCU’s MSN AGACNP program, applicants must have a minimum of two years, recent full-time work experience as an RN. Nursing applicants must also possess a current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered nurse (or APRN certification, where applicable).

The acute care nurse practitioner program at GCU requires 53 credits to completion. Online courses for this program are generally eight weeks long. MSN AGACNP students will also complete 675 hours of supervised clinical rotations at assigned healthcare facilities in their area. In addition, students will attend one two-day and one three-day on-campus experiences at GCU geared to provide further hands-on opportunities.

At GCU, all MSN AGACNP non-lab courses are completed online for added flexibility and convenience. Clinicals and the two on-campus experiences are conducted in-person. Clinicals will be assigned in local, approved healthcare facilities. The on-campus experiences are conducted at GCU’s main campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Course List

Major:
53 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
53 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course examines nursing theory and the role of ethics for advanced registered nurses within the Christian worldview and through a leadership perspective focused on improving health care outcomes. Learners explore the moral/ethical responsibilities and legal and regulatory obligations of advanced registered nurses in health promotion and disease prevention. Learners also review evidence-based practice (EBP) literature and the research process with application to their program of study and learn to navigate scholarly EBP literature, resources, and guidelines.

Course Description

This course examines the role of leadership, organizational science, policy, and informatics in supporting safe, high-quality, cost-effective patient care within interprofessional, dynamic health care environments. Learners explore various organizational relationships within health care systems and prepare to participate in the design of cost-effective, innovative models of care delivery and practice change proposals. Professional leadership theories and how they shape the nurse leader in such things as collaboration, conflict resolution, decision-making, and negotiation are introduced. Learners discuss change management theories and evaluate the ethical, social, legal, economic, and political implications of practice change and health care informatics along with strategies for managing human, fiscal, and health care resources in a variety of organizational systems. Learners also examine the uses of patient-care, information systems, and communication technologies and discuss the design, implementation, and evaluation of electronic health record systems and clinical decision support systems.

Course Description

In this course learners examine the process of scientific inquiry, knowledge generation, utilization, and dissemination of evidence into advanced nursing practice in order to propose quality-improvement initiatives that advance the delivery of safe, high-quality care for patient populations. Learners critically evaluate evidence, including scientific findings from the biopsychosocial fields, epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, and genomics, and apply levels of evidence and theoretical frameworks to design culturally appropriate clinical prevention interventions and population-based care that reduces risks, prevents disease, and promotes health and well-being. Learners also consider strategies to evaluate health policy and advocacy issues, the state of health care delivery, patient-centered care, and ethical principles related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction for diverse populations. Learners apply these strategies to work towards recognizing gaps in nursing and health care knowledge, identifying potential solutions or innovations for those gaps, planning and implementing practice changes, and evaluating the outcomes in order to improve practice. Prerequisite: NUR-513.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for learners to complete their evidence-based practice (EBP) project proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in their specialty area of professional practice. Learners previously identified a problem amenable to a research-based intervention, searched the literature, and proposed a solution. Now learners will explore implementation considerations and various evaluation methodologies, complete the project proposal by developing a plan to implement the solution into the intended practice area, and design an evaluation plan that will assess the EBP project proposal's intended outcome(s). Prerequisite: NUR-550.

Course Description

This course focuses on advanced physiology and pathophysiology principles across the life span. This course is used to guide the advanced nursing practice learner in understanding normal function and interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms and diagnostic markers indicative of illness. Emphasis is placed on the following systems: cellular environment and inflammatory changes; fluids, electrolytes and acid-base balance; genetics, genetic diseases, and the role of the environment; stress, disease, and the development of neoplasms; hematology and alterations in immunity. In addition, the physiology and pathophysiology of the endocrine, pulmonary, renal, digestive and integumentary, cardiovascular and lymphatic, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and neurological systems, including mood disorders, are addressed. Prerequisite: NUR-590.

Course Description

This course focuses on the basic concepts and principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and their practical implication in clinical practice across the life span. This course also places an emphasis on the strong influence of physiological variables (age, ethnicity, or pregnancy) and pathological conditions (hepatic or renal insufficiency, cardiac dysfunction) on drugs’ pharmacological response. An in-depth understanding of the relationship between patient’s physiological/pathological variables and pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics can provide additional insight for practitioners in predicting potential drug interactions, and thus will provide additional guidance in prescribing strategies. This course also includes clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; clinical toxicology; and pathology and pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular, psychiatric, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, bone and joint, infectious, reproductive, and dermatological disorders. Prerequisite: NUR-631.

Course Description

This course builds upon the learner's undergraduate and clinical assessment skills, offering advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced practice nursing role across the life span. This course addresses the completion and interpretation of a head-to-toe assessment in addition to focused assessments for chief complaints that include physical, psychosocial, spiritual, risk, and functional assessments in diverse populations and across age groups. Learners learn a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making to establish differential diagnoses. Prerequisites: NUR-631, and either NUR-632, NUR-633, or NUR-635.

Course Description

This course covers preventive health care practices and integrates cultural and spiritual considerations, environmental factors, genetic influences, and national public health objectives. Emphasis is placed on development of the advanced practice registered nurse-patient relationship to enhance the effectiveness of patient education, counseling, and promotion of healthy lifestyle changes. Learners explore concepts relevant to acute care, including integration of the family and patient support systems into care. Specific emphasis is placed on clinical diagnostic reasoning and interpretation and the development of differential diagnoses based on clinical practice guidelines. Learners examine professional and patient community resources and evaluate the use of integrative healing strategies in assisting patients to achieve health goals using evidence-based research. This course includes a required 3-day, on-campus experience. Prerequisite: NUR-634.

Course Description

This course covers preventive health care practices and integrates cultural and spiritual considerations, environmental factors, genetic influences, and national public health objectives. Emphasis is placed on development of the advanced practice registered nurse-patient relationship to enhance the effectiveness of patient education, counseling, and promotion of healthy lifestyle changes. Learners explore concepts relevant to acute care, including integration of the family and patient support systems into care. Specific emphasis is placed on clinical diagnostic reasoning and interpretation and the development of differential diagnoses based on clinical practice guidelines. Learners examine professional and patient community resources and evaluate the use of integrative healing strategies in assisting patients to achieve health goals using evidence-based research. This course includes a required 3-day, on-campus experience. Prerequisite: NUR-634.

Course Description

This course focuses on evidence-based theory and research related to adult-gerontological patients experiencing acute illnesses with comorbidities. Learners synthesize data from a variety of health resources related to the care of the adult-gerontological patient. Learners analyze common problems seen in the acute care setting to develop prioritized differential diagnoses, make clinical judgments, and recommend appropriate treatments for acute alterations in health with particular emphasis on restorative care. Clinical practice affords learners the opportunity to refine their clinical decision-making skills in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acute and chronically ill adult-gerontological patients. Practicum experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on patients, family, and community. Practicum/field experience hours: 225. Prerequisite: ANP-635.

Course Description

This course continues to focus on evidenced-based theory and research related to acute illnesses in the adult-gerontological population in the acute care setting. Learners build on prior knowledge and synthesize data from a variety of health resources related to the care of the acutely ill patient. Utilizing a systems framework, learners further develop clinical judgment and decision-making skills in order to recommend treatments for alterations in different systems as they develop an evidence-based plan of care. Clinical practice affords learners the opportunity to refine their clinical decision-making skills in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acute and chronically ill adult-gerontological patients. Practicum experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on patients, family, and community. Practicum/field experience hours: 225. Prerequisite: ANP-650.

Course Description

This course serves as the final synthesis of evidenced-based theory and research related to care of complex, acute, and critically ill adult-gerontological and frail elderly patients with comorbidities. Learners continue to build on prior knowledge and synthesize data from a variety of health resources related to the care of the acutely ill patient. Utilizing a systems framework, learners further develop appropriate clinical judgment and decision-making skills regarding appropriate recommendations and treatments related to alterations in different systems as they develop an evidence-based plan of care for adult-gerontological patients. Practicum experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on patients, family, and community, and prepare the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of chronic, exacerbated, acute, and life-threatening health problems. This course includes a required 2-day, on-campus experience. Practicum/field experience hours: 225. Prerequisite: ANP-652.

Course Description

This course serves as the final synthesis of evidenced-based theory and research related to care of complex, acute, and critically ill adult-gerontological and frail elderly patients with comorbidities. Learners continue to build on prior knowledge and synthesize data from a variety of health resources related to the care of the acutely ill patient. Utilizing a systems framework, learners further develop appropriate clinical judgment and decision-making skills regarding appropriate recommendations and treatments related to alterations in different systems as they develop an evidence-based plan of care for adult-gerontological patients. Practicum experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on patients, family, and community, and prepare the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the diagnosis and management of chronic, exacerbated, acute, and life-threatening health problems. This course includes a required 2-day, on-campus experience. Prerequisite: ANP-652.

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