Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner you are an advanced practice nurse using theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of adults. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) provides comprehensive health care to acutely ill adult clients who are cared for in a variety of acute care settings: 

  • Intensive care units
  • Trauma units
  • Specialty practices
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Emergency departments
  • Acute long-term care facilities
Upon completion of your degree, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

42 credit hours
525 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Adv Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)
AGACNP Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)
  • Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
  • S674 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero I (5 cr)
  • S675 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero II (6 cr)
  • S676 Management of Acutely Ill Adult-Gero III (6 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • AGACNP Courses (20 credits) are hybrid courses that combine online coursework with in-person class sessions. In-person classes generally meet no more than one day every other week.
  • Clinical placements are arranged for students in the AGPCNP track; clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana.
  • Please see theAGACNP Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission into the AGACNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is January 15, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email no later than April 1st.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.