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MSN-AGACNP Online Program
Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP

Earn the MSN degree you need to become an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length24 months
Credits to graduate48 credits
Clinicals585 clinical hours—we pledge your clinical placement
Format100% online classes
CertificationPrepare for the certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Get started6 start dates with no wait list!
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Become an AGACNP with Herzing University

Join a critical healthcare team as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP, or Acute Care AGNP) specializing in the delivery of acute and chronic care to adult and geriatric patients (ages 13 and older). Become a healthcare hero instrumental in handling emergency situations when injured and sick patients need you the most.

Your first step is earning the education you need to qualify for certification and find your first job as a nurse practitioner.

Our online MSN-AGACNP curriculum is designed for current Registered Nurses (RN) who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include health policy and management, nursing informatics in advanced practice, pathophysiology, pharmacology, specialty procedures and skills for acute care, and much more
  • Access to responsive and experienced DNP-prepared NP faculty
  • Degree pathways: after graduating with an MSN, position yourself for further career advancement in additional post master’s certificate programs

Go from BSN to AGACNP, become an advanced practice nurse and propel your nursing career to the next level. It IS possible with Herzing University.

Classes Start March 6th

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MSN Clinical Placement Pledge Herzing Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an AGACNP program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.

Curriculum

AGACNP program classes & curriculum details

Our MSN AGACNP program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply for certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The curriculum consists of core graduate courses, specialty concentration courses, and clinical courses.

All classes are delivered online with 585 total clinical hours.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSNAGACNP)2448

i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Direct Care Core Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required

*Students in the AG AC NP program must take NU 610 and NU 664 in the same semester. 

Required Courses in AGACNP Concentration

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the MSN-AGACNP program is $695 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants—including our Nurses Circle of Achievement scholarship, which offers up to 10% tuition reduction.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

AGACNP program enrollment requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN AGACNP program, and:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they live.  (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Pathways

Choose your path to become an AGACNP

MSN-AGACNP Program

Go from BSN to MSN-AGACNP in the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program.

  • Curriculum designed for RNs with a BSN
  • How long? 24 months when taken full-time
  • Flexible online scheduling available to meet the demands of work, home and life
Accelerated RN to MSN-AGACNP

Bridge from RN to AGACNP in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built for current RNs who do not hold a BSN and designed to accelerate MSN-AGACNP completion
  • How long? As few as 28 months
  • Perfect for nurses looking to jump forward in their career without a required stop for a BSN degree

Classes Start March 6th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Careers

Career possibilities as an AGACNP

Graduate with an MSN with an AGACNP concentration and you’ll be prepared to join a career field expected to grow rapidly over the next 10 years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of nurse practitioners is expected to rise 52% from 2020-2030. Combined with the upcoming demographic change in the U.S. heavily favoring the older population, the healthcare need for adult and geriatric patients is expected to quickly increase.

Expect the knowledge and skills of an AG acute care nurse practitioner to be in heavy demand in the recent future. Now represents an excellent opportunity to begin earning the degree required to walk this high-demand career path.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and Doctors Escorting a Patient on Gurnee
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer multiple options for current nurses of all types, including pathways for ASN/ADN, BSN, and MSN degree holders.

View our available online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide care to adults and older adults with complex conditions in acute care and hospital settings. AGACNPs work with patients who are acutely ill, exhibit chronic medical conditions, or highly vulnerable to complications.

Job responsibilities include providing complex monitoring, stabilizing patients, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing complex treatment plans.

The scope of practice for AGACNPs can vary by state, but there are several core competencies relevant to all employed AGACNPs.

According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), key aspects of the acute care NP role include:

  • Gathering patient histories
  • Performing physical examinations and screenings
  • Diagnosing and managing patients with acute, critical or complex illnesses/injuries
  • Prescribing medications and advanced therapeutic intervention
  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic studies
  • Providing health promotion, education and counseling
  • Collaborating with other medical professionals as a team

You can find a full description of the ACNP scope of practice in the “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice 2017,” available through the AACN website.

Nurse practitioner represents an advanced practice role in nursing—it’s not an easy job, and our goal is to prepare you best for success! We strive to keep coursework manageable, but provide you with the knowledge, skills, and valuable clinical experiences to succeed as a nurse practitioner.

Our goal is to help you balance the challenge of an NP curriculum with everything else in your life, including your work, family and friends. You can take courses at the right pace for you, so you can get the most out of going back to school and be ready to practice as a nurse practitioner.

While there are some similarities between the two main types of adult gerontology nurse practitioners, these are the biggest differences between primary care NPs and acute care NPs:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $118,040 per year ($56.75 per hour). Pay depends on many factors, including your location, what healthcare institution you work for and your level of experience.*

Discover the average nurse practitioner salary by state and find out what nurse practitioners make on average near you.

Sometimes hospitals form partnerships with schools like ours to provide employees with unique benefits should they choose to pursue an advanced nursing degree.

Employees of Herzing partners can potentially earn college credit for prior work or military experience, transfer existing credit, or earn a scholarship to make going back to school more affordable.

If you are currently an RN considering becoming a nurse practitioner, view our educational partnerships or check with your employer for potential possibilities.

There are two primary differences between a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

  1. Types of patients. FNPs work with patients across the patient lifespan, including children under the age of 13. As adult gerontology NPs, AGACNPs care for only adults ages 13 and above.
  2. Types of care. FNPs typically work in clinics, doctor’s offices, and other outpatient settings—and are not formally trained in acute and emergency care. Acute care NPs work in ICUs, hospitals and other inpatient settings to care for patients with trauma and more severe health issues.

If you have more interest in developing long-term relationships with patients, concerned more with preventative health, and love to work with children, FNP may be the best nurse practitioner career path for you.

Acute care and primary care are very different disciplines. As an acute care NP, you’ll be working in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Room (ER), urgent care or other outpatient environment, which demands a very different set of skills and knowledge than a primary care NP in clinics or other inpatient facilities.

Providing preventive care and taking a long-term approach to patient health is another discipline requiring unique training and certification.

The Herzing Post Master’s Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is designed for MSN holders, including current AGACNPs, who are interested in pursuing a future job as a primary care AGNP.

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Considering all of your options for nurse practitioner specialties?

Herzing University offers multiple nurse practitioner programs for current nurses holding an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree in nursing.

Our goal is to help you walk your career path no matter where you are, or where you want to go.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$695.00
Base Tuition$33,360.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $695.00 )(-$6,255.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$27,105.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$675.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$6,990.00
Total Credit Hours
RequiredNeeded
4839
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
4839
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$40,350.00$34,095.00
Estimated Savings*
$6,255.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.
Requirements
  • Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled.
  • Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.