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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. Learn to diagnose and treat patients 13 and older with complex acute and unstable chronic medical conditions. Build the hard and soft skills you need to rise confidently to every challenge and contribute to improve patient outcomes.

MSN AGACNP online programs academically prepare graduates to perform a hospitalist or intensivist role caring for patients at an advanced level of practice.

Why Choose Walden?


Experience the challenges and rewards of caring for patients with unstable chronic conditions, sudden illness, and traumatic injury.


This program academically prepares you to sit for the ANCC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification exam.


Our faculty are practicing clinicians who bring insights from the field. 100% of our didactic NP faculty hold doctoral degrees.


Find mentors and inspiration through our dynamic community of more than 36,500 College of Nursing alumni.

Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Practicum Advantage

Benefit from dedicated teams and support services to help you with successful nursing practicum placement and completion.

We are here to help you find your nursing practicum.

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

  • The RN to MSN track is ideal if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
  • The BSN to MSN track is designed for registered nurses (RN) who have already earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  • The BSN to DNP or BSN to PhD in Nursing tracks are available to registered nurses (RN) who have earned a bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Personalized Practicum Support

Walden Practicum PledgePracticums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts

Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds

''As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

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Program Outcomes

Gain Advanced Practice Skills in Critical Care

In this MSN acute care nurse practitioner online 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.

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. 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 overall are expected to grow by 52% through 2030.2 The average median pay for an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner is $113,000 per year.3



An MSN-AGACNP can 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.

MSN Career Outlook


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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.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of 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.


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.

  • Deanna Johnson

    Deanna Johnson

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Johnson is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in clinical practice and over five years in nursing education as faculty in clinical, didactic, and simulation settings. A passionate proponent of social change, she works to help victims of human trafficking and has served as a guest lecturer at universities on the topic.

  • Tony Anno

    Tony Anno

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Anno joined Walden’s faculty in 2014 after graduating with a DNP. He is a certified cardiac device specialist, certified electrophysiology specialist, and registered cardiac diagnostic sonographer. Dr. Anno volunteers as the sole provider at a cardiac device clinic for uninsured individuals.


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