Master of Science in Nursing: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Tentative Course Rotation for M.S.N. for 2016-2017
General Information for AGACNP for 2015-2016
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program will require
students to complete 43 hours of graduate coursework. This advanced practice program
will prepare nurses to provide care to a broad population base (young adult to geriatric populations) in a variety of
acute/sub-acute care settings. The curriculum content will focus on health promotion, health maintenance, differential
diagnosis, disease management, and the use and prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. Learning
activities will be designed to promote the transference of Lean Management skills and Six Sigma principles into the advanced
practice nursing and healthcare environment. Graduates will possess the skills to provide advanced nursing care for the
adult patient in acute healthcare environments including emergency rooms, intensive care units, trauma units, and in
advanced diagnostic areas.
All courses in the program will be offered fully online with three full-day intensive/immersion sessions held the
first semester and two full-day intensive/immersion sessions each following semester. Clinical practice will
be planned in a variety of settings and will be designed to address the program and course objectives. Students
will complete 630 clinical practice hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible
to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) AGACNP certification exam.
The program is designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters.
NURS 5000 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 5100 Professional Concepts
NURS 5200 Advanced Health Assessment/Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 5300 Advanced Pharmacology/Therapeutic Interventions
NURS 5400 Adult/Gero Acute Care I
NURS 5500 Research and Evidence Based Practice
NURS 5600 Quality/Safety/Improvement Processes
NURS 6200 Leadership/Management & Healthcare Policy
NURS 6400 Adult/Gero Acute Care II
NURS 6500 Adult/Gero Acute Care III
NURS 6600 Project Management in Healthcare
*Please see the Office of Graduate Studies Academic Catalog 2015-2016 for definitions of Regular Admission Status and Provisional Admission Status, page 12.
Full Acceptance Requirements
Full acceptance to the program will require the following:
- One (1) year experience as Registered Nurse with adult population.
- Unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from either a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited program.
- Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- Grade of "C" or better in an undergraduate statistics course.
- Grade of"C" or better in a 3000- or 4000-level physical/health assessment course.
- Not eligible for admission if applicant has earned a grade of "C," "D," "F," or "WF" in any two or more graduate nursing courses.
Additional Required Materials:
- Criminal Background Check
- Urine Drug Screen
- Statement of personal and professional goals
- Three letters of recommendation from either a previous or immediate supervisor or a former faculty member attesting to aptitude for graduate study.
- Meet Southern Regional Education Board Council (SREB) on Collegiate Education
- Essay - All eligible applicants must write an APA document discussing the role of an AGACNP professional in the health care environment and how this specialty impacts health care and health care outcomes on the day of their scheduled interview. Document is limited to no more than 800 words.
*Further instructions about the interview are part of the application form