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Do you thrive in fast-paced, high-acuity environments? In our online DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialization, learn from practicing AGACNPs as you prepare to diagnose and treat patients 13 and older with complex acute and unstable chronic medical conditions.

A DNP adult-gerontology acute care program prepares nurses to perform a hospitalist or intensivist role caring for patients at an advanced level of practice. You’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification exam.

Gain the Skills to Save Lives

Acquire the insights and clinical training to treat patients with unstable chronic conditions and sudden illness and injury.

Learn to Collaborate

Learn how to effectively work with patients, families, and multidisciplinary healthcare teams to deliver better care.

Skip the Traveling

The only travel required is to your local practicum. We can even help you find the ideal preceptor and clinical site for you.

Start With Your BSN

Many of our DNP specializations offer a BSN entry point if you’re ready to move your career forward—but don’t have your MSN.

Program Savings

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

Deliver an Advanced Level of Critical Care

Learn to plan, implement, and evaluate care for critically ill patients in our online DNP adult-gerontology acute care program. In this specialization, you’ll explore how to perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions during rapid physiologic deterioration or life-threatening instability. Master essential skills in health promotion and disease prevention by assessing risks and providing wellness education to vulnerable patient populations.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements. Explore our FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Cheryl McGinnis

    Cheryl McGinnis

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. McGinnis, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner (ARNP-BC) and a certified clinical transplant coordinator (CCTC), has been with Walden’s online DNP program since 2015. She is a distinguished practitioner fellow in the National Academies of Practice (FNAP).

  • Jody Minnick

    Core Faculty

    A full-time faculty member at Walden, Dr. Minnick has dual board certification of acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) and family nurse practitioner (FNP). Her areas of interest include teaching, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, flight medicine, and critical care.

Career Outlook

The demand for nurse practitioners in acute-care settings is rising, as an aging and expanding population strains our nation’s healthcare system. An online DNP adult gerontology acute care degree can qualify you to help meet the demand and broaden your career opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 52% through 2029.2 The average median pay for a nurse practitioner is $111,680 per year; however, the salary range typically falls between $82,960 and $156,160.3 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

A DNP-AGACNP degree can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Emergency departments and trauma centers
  • Intensive care units
  • Trauma centers
  • Tertiary care, coronary care, and palliative care
  • Specialty care centers
  • Hospital surgical units, including general, cardiovascular, and neurosurgery

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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