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If you thrive in fast-paced, high-acuity environments, consider Walden’s online MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program. Get insights from active AGACNPs as you train to diagnose and treat patients 13 and older with complex acute and unstable chronic medical conditions.

An acute care MSN-NP degree qualifies students to perform a hospitalist or intensivist role caring for patients at an advanced level of practice. Prepare to pursue roles in hospital emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma centers, and specialty medicine areas.

Play a vital, lead role in saving lives

Get the challenges and rewards of overseeing care for patients with unstable chronic conditions, sudden illness, and traumatic injury.

Collaboration Skills

Explore how to collaborate effectively with patients, families, and interprofessional healthcare teams to improve care delivery.

National Certification Preparation

Get ready to sit for the ANCC Adult-Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification examination.

Learn from Experienced faculty

Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis. 100% of our didactic faculty hold doctoral degrees.

Engaging Coursework

Advanced learning technologies and case studies bring the curriculum—which meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties standards for AGACNPs—to life.

Connect with your peers

Our Facebook communities, alumni associations, and chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing make connecting easy.


Receive a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


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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Receive a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement Form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirement.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment specialist for more details.

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Deliver an Advanced Level of Critical Care

In this online acute care nurse practitioner MSN program, you’ll examine how to plan, implement, and evaluate care for critically ill patients. This includes performing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions during rapid physiologic deterioration or life-threatening instability. Build skills in promoting health and disease prevention by assessing risks and providing wellness education to vulnerable patients.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions about the practicum.

Meet Your MSN-AGACNP Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program Director Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board-certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.
  • Tara Harris

    Tara Harris

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Harris is a family nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. She has served as both didactic and clinical faculty at Walden, teaching advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and other courses across the nurse practitioner curriculum.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

What’s the Career Impact of Becoming an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner?

The demand for nurse practitioners in acute-care settings is greater than ever before, as the expanding and aging population strains the U.S. healthcare system. The predicted shortage of up to 122,000 physicians in the U.S. by 2032 adds to this urgency.2 As a graduate of Walden’s online acute care nurse practitioner MSN program, you’ll be qualified to help meet that need.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to grow by 52% through 20293. The average median pay for a nurse practitioner is $115,800 per year; however, the salary range typically falls between $81,410 and $152,160.4 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

An MSN-AGACNP can prepare you to work in settings such as4

  • 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.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.


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