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
Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, graduates 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.

Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time plan of study.
  • A limited number of two-year/full-time plans of study may be offered when space allows.
  • 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 held via Zoom. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes six 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 AGACNP track.
  • All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent. 
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license. 
  • One year of full-time critical care RN experience in an Adult ICU, ED, or PCU at the time of application.
  • Current ACLS certification.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application provided it is completed prior to the start of the program. 
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 February 15, 2022.
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email no later than April 11, 2022.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.