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Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online


Provide enhanced care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with chronic, acute and critical illnesses with an MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP degree earned online.

Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24
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Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24

Program Overview


Enhance your nursing career with an MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Strengthen your healthcare expertise and meet the rising demand for specialized nurse practitioners with an MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP from A-State Online. Flourish in your career while earning your master’s degree with our 100% online coursework. Elevate your ability to care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with chronic, acute and critical illnesses when you complete our accessible degree program.

This ACEN-accredited Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to take two national board certification exams: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). With these accreditations, you can validate your knowledge for future employers or confidently pursue promotions in your current workplace. Through cutting-edge curriculum, hands-on practicum experiences and optional on-site skills labs, you will upgrade your nursing skillset to excel in a wide range of healthcare environments.

With an innovative team approach to learning, A-State provides you with multiple points of contact throughout your online MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Never feel isolated in your coursework as you learn alongside responsive A-State educators who are committed to helping you succeed. Throughout seven nursing courses (20 credit hours), six seminars (nine credit hours) and six practicums (12 credit hours), you will have the unwavering encouragement of our supportive faculty and coordinators.

For state approvals, please consult the Program Map.

In this online adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program, you will learn how to:

  • Develop expertise and knowledge for advance nursing and leadership roles in the healthcare system
  • Be equipped to take the national certification exams offered by ANCC and AACN
  • Develop patient-centered care in adolescent to adult populations that respects diversity and unique characteristics of individuals and populations
  • Deliver care for patients who suffer from acute illness related to physiology or a specific condition
  • Gain a foundation for doctoral study in nursing
  • Develop expertise and knowledge for advance nursing and leadership roles in the healthcare system
  • Be equipped to take the national certification exams offered by ANCC and AACN
  • Develop patient-centered care in adolescent to adult populations that respects diversity and unique characteristics of individuals and populations
  • Deliver care for patients who suffer from acute illness related to physiology or a specific condition
  • Gain a foundation for doctoral study in nursing

As a graduate, you can work as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings, including:

  • Emergency rooms
  • ICUs
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Specialty medicine practices (dermatology, nephrology, etc.)
  • Emergency rooms
  • ICUs
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Specialty medicine practices (dermatology, nephrology, etc.)

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of graduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online graduate programs.

Total Tuition: $14,110
Program Duration: As few as 24 months
Credit Hours 41.5

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Tuition


A-State Online nursing programs offer great value for great prices

Our online MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $14,110

Calendar


Write down these important dates and deadlines

Ideal for working nurses, Arkansas State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format with multiple start dates each year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/6/244/22/244/22/244/25/245/3/246/21/24
Summer 26/24/246/10/246/10/246/13/246/21/248/9/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/5/248/8/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/249/30/2410/3/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 6/10/24
Start Class 6/24/24

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Admissions


Follow these steps to apply for the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

We know you’re busy, so we’ve streamlined the A-State admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Students who are interested in the online MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • BSN degree
  • Current unencumbered RN license

  • Complete online application and submit application fee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program of nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale)
  • Official transcript(s) submitted by the registrar of any college/university you have attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Documentation of 1,500 RN practice hours prior to admission

Additional Information

As part of the student’s file, the following information is required to be completed prior to starting the first course (or the applicable course):

  • A background check
  • This document is not required to render an admissions decision.

Request all official transcripts be sent directly to A-State from all colleges or universities attended. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

This program requires a high level of English proficiency to meet academic and clinical objectives, along with meeting the criteria for licensure. You may be required to provide proof of English proficiency per A-State School of Nursing English Proficiency Standards. Additionally, if you’ve ever attended a professional program in the past, you may be required to provide a letter of good standing.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467


Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Courses


Read about our curriculum for the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Students in the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP online program must complete a total of 41.5 credit hours. Required coursework includes seven core courses (20 credit hours), six seminar courses (9 credit hours) and six practicum courses (12.5 credit hours). The practicum/clinical hours must also be done in a state in which Arkansas State has State Operating Authority. Please consult the Program Map for state approvals.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis and critical evaluation of nursing research appropriate to the study of nursing phenomena. Students develop a research proposal. Prerequisite, Undergraduate research.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the process of theory development in nursing and facilitates formation of a conceptual basis for advanced knowledge and practice. Includes analysis of various models and their application to advanced clinical practice. Must be taken prior to clinical nursing courses except in Nurse Anesthesia program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Critical analysis of health care issues and policy which influence advanced nursing practice and the health care system.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The study of role development with an emphasis on role making, intra- and interdisciplinary communication and strategies for role implementation. Must be taken prior to, or concurrent with first clinical course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Complex physiological processes in adults which occur with disease, adaptation, and therapeutic intervention. Must be taken prior to clinical nursing courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of commonly-occurring health problems of primary care patients. Prerequisite, Undergraduate course in pharmacology; admission to the graduate nursing program; NURS 6003 or concurrent enrollment. NOTE: NP students are required to take the semester immediately prior to beginning clinical portion of NP option.
Duration: 14 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Presents theoretical and clinical basis for comprehensive assessment and diagnosis in primary health care settings, including all age groups. Emphasis is on clinical decision-making, differentiation of normal from pathological findings, risk assessment screening, diagnostic testing and interpretation of findings. Prerequisites, Undergraduate Health Assessment course (minimum of a B). If a student has a “C” in physical assessment, proficiency may be demonstrated. NURS 6003 or concurrent enrollment. [NOTE: NP students are required to take the semester immediately prior to beginning clinical portion of NP]. (Nurse Anesthesia-admittance to program)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Provide research based theoretical and clinical foundation for specialization of AG ACNP. Content includes diagnostic reasoning and management of complex acute and chronic health problems for adult and geriatric population.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Develop care plans and show understanding in interdisciplinary approach to caring for acute care patients. Emphasis within the course is on role and scope of practice, coordination and collaboration across health care settings, and information systems to provide knowledge over various acute care illness and chronic health systems.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Utilize research based theoretical and clinical foundations to formulate discussions and complete assignments which focus on various health systems, legal, and ethical standards. Focused health promotion and maintenance for acute and chronic conditions from adolescents to older adults.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Utilize research based theoretical and clinical foundations to expand knowledge across various health systems. Prepare students to care for various illnesses with acute on chronic presentation in different acute care settings. Show emphasis on deliverance of high-quality healthcare and patient outcomes
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Focuses on research based complex care for specialization of Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Particular attention given to health care economics, palliative or end of life care, emergency therapeutics, and disaster management strategies. Develops portfolio for AG ACNP professional standards outcomes.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1.5
Focuses on specialization of Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Prepare students for national certification examinations by completing review courses and final comprehensive examination.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Clinical application of theoretical basis for management of complex adult and geriatric clients with acute critical illnesses while applying theoretical concepts from chronic illnesses. Prepare students to interview patients, complete written assignments to build care plans, and work with clinical instructors and preceptors to apply knowledge of acute care processes.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Execute knowledge of theoretical basis for management of complex patients in acute care settings. Prepare students to interpret diagnostic test as well as performance and management of therapeutic and technologic interventions. Develop discharge summaries and apply theoretical knowledge for transitioning from various levels of acute on chronic illness.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Utilize clinical application of theoretical basis for management of complex adult and geriatric clients with chronic, acute, and critical illnesses in a variety of health care settings. Prepare students to interpret and utilize diagnostic tests and develop treatment plans.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Utilize clinical application of theoretical basis for management of complex adult and geriatric clients with chronic, acute, and critical illnesses in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis on patient assessment and prioritization of treatments and interventions from hospital admission to discharge.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Further clinical application of theoretical basis for management of complex adult and geriatric clients with chronic, acute, and critical illnesses in a variety of health care settings. Practicum experience in specialized areas of advanced practice.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2.5
Synthesize theories and utilizes concepts from health systems to apply knowledge in clinical settings. Focuses on stabilization and maintenance of critical or emergent illnesses. Applies knowledge from previous courses to create and finalize a professional portfolio. Participate in an research project to show professional research interests and educate others on potential upcoming changes within the health care system.

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