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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.

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Why Choose Walden’s Online MSN-AGACNP Program?

  • Play a vital, lead role in saving lives: As an AGACNP, you’ll have the challenges and rewards of overseeing care for patients with unstable chronic conditions, sudden illness, and traumatic injury.
  • Build essential collaboration skills: Explore how to collaborate effectively with patients, families, and interprofessional healthcare teams to improve care delivery.
  • Prepare for national certification. This program readies you to sit for the ANCC Adult-Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certification examination.
  • Learn from experienced nurse practitioners: Our MSN-AGACNP didactic faculty are 100% doctorally prepared. Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis.
  • Build expertise via 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—and learn—with other talented nurses. Our Facebook communities, alumni associations, and chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing make connecting easy.

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will be applied to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.


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

Tarra HarrisDr. Tara Harris, Program 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 StoneDr. Jennifer Stone, Practicum 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

As a graduate of this online acute care NP program, you’ll learn 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.
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Your Advanced Degree. Your Future.

You already have the drive to succeed and make a difference. Walden has the resources to help you get there. Learn from experts in the field while receiving exceptional student support. Collaborate with nurses around the country who are as committed to advanced practice critical care as you are.

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.

Testimonials

Analena Lunde

Analena Lunde

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate
My first instructor was understanding, helpful, and compassionate, which helped me transition into my Walden coursework with ease.
Walden became my ‘home’ during my solo journey toward my own excellence.
Ashley Nicole Williams Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
Ashley Nichole Williams
Rebeca McNamara Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
Rebeca McNamara

FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data

2Source: Association of American Medical Colleges. New Findings Confirm Predictions on Physician Shortage.

3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National job growth projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee job growth, and are subject to change.

4Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop, Salary Finder: Nurse Practitioners. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries, and are subject to change.

5Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). Are You Considering a Career as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on licensure: Walden’s MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.

No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.

Note on certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.

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