In our MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization, you can build upon your core competencies to successfully work in high-acuity environments.
Enhance your earning and advancement potential while making a difference for seriously ill patients with the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization.
In this specialization, you can gain the knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals 13 years or older with complex acute and chronic medical conditions. Coursework focuses on building your core competencies as a nurse practitioner while preparing you to work at an advanced level of practice within hospital emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma centers, specialty medicine areas, and other high-acuity environments.
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care specialization allows for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum. 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.
Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:
Students in this specialization will be prepared to qualify to sit for the national certification exam for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner upon graduation. The demand for nurse practitioners in acute-care settings is greater than ever before as healthcare organizations face a rise in critically ill patients combined with pressure to contain costs.
In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners are expected to increase by 36% from 2016 to 2026.2 And, the average annual salary for an acute care nurse practitioner is $98,116, according to PayScale.3
Walden’s MSN with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner can prepare you to pursue career opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
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Note on certification
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Learn more about professional licensure. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Source: PayScale, Average Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.