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 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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.