Make a life-saving difference for seriously ill patients in critical-care settings.
If you thrive in fast-paced, high-acuity environments, consider Walden’s online 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.
“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 toward to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.
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. practicum requirements.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
As a graduate of this online acute care NP program, you’ll learn to:
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 26% through 2028. The average median pay for a nurse practitioner is $115,800 per year; however, the salary range typically falls between $82,460 and $184,180.3 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.
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.
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.
Jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 26% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.3
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 and salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee job growth or actual salaries, and are subject to change.
4Source: 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 certification
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates 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 specialists 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.