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RN to MSN-AGACNP
Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Online Program

Bridge from RN to Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length28-36 months, depending on degree choice
Credits to graduate64 credits
Clinicals630 clinical hours—we pledge your clinical placement!
Format100% online classes
PathwaysChoose your degree path: go from ADN to AGACNP in our accelerated RN to MSN program, or earn your BSN on the way (RN to BSN to AGACNP)
Get started6 start dates with no wait list!
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Accelerate to Acute Care NP with Herzing

You don’t need a BSN in order to begin earning the education you need to become an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). Our accelerated RN to AGACNP program is designed for current licensed Registered Nurses (RN) with an associate degree in nursing (ADN/ASN) looking to advance into a new career path as a nurse practitioner specializing in the adult/geriatric patient population.

Earn the degree you need to apply for certification as an AGACNP and advance your career to the next level:

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include undergraduate and graduate level study in nursing leadership and management, community health nursing, nursing informatics, health policy, skills and procedures for acute care, and much more
  • Prepare for the certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Post master’s pathways: after graduating with an MSN, you can potentially transfer credit into a post master’s certificate program with your choice of several concentrations

We exist to support your first big step towards practicing as an acute care NP. Your new career path IS possible with Herzing University.

Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

RN to AGACNP program classes & curriculum details

The program is designed to advance your undergraduate nursing study and seamlessly progress into graduate-level advanced practice nursing classes. Courses include bridge, core, specialty concentration, and clinical courses.

All classes are delivered online with 630 total clinical hours.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Accelerated RN to MSN (MSNAGACNPA)2864

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

How to go from RN to BSN to MSN-AGACNP

You may choose to stop for a BSN by combining our online RN to BSN and MSN-AGACNP degree programs. You can view their respective curriculums and course information here:

Required Bridge Courses

All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required prior to completing graduate level coursework. 

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.

Mid-Program Clinical Proficiency Exam and Policy Courses

The following courses are 0.00 semester credit hours associated with the policy outlined above. Students are required to take NU 500, NU 560, NU 610, NU 621 and NU 636 as prerequisites to the courses below, and NU 611 and NU 664 or NU 671 as co-requisites. Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours NU 0600 Mid-Program Clinical Proficiency Course           0.00 NU 0600R Mid-Program Clinical Proficiency Remediation Course 0.00  

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the RN to 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

RN to AGACNP program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements are the same whether you choose the accelerated RN to MSN-AGACNP or RN to BSN to MSN-AGACNP path. Prerequisites include:

  • Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to MSN program
  • Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice
  • Hold an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Participate in an interview to identify your goals and determine if the program is right for you

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, 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.

MSN Clinical Placement Pledge Herzing Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an AGACNP master's degree 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.

Pathways

Choose your path to go from RN to AGACNP

RN to BSN to MSN-AGACNP Path

Go from RN to BSN online, then work towards a master’s degree in nursing.

  • Curriculum built to help you earn a BSN and MSN faster
  • How long? 36 months on average
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree that may be required by some employers
Accelerated RN to MSN-AGACNP

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

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN-AGACNP completion
  • How long? As few as 28 months
  • Best for nurses seeking to advance their practice and vault their career to the next level

Classes Start March 6th

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Choose your NP pathway

Choose your NP pathway

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.

Explore Herzing NP programs
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, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, 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.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
RN to MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$695.00
Base Tuition$44,480.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $695.00 )(-$6,255.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$38,225.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$675.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$8,155.00
Total Credit Hours
RequiredNeeded
6455
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6455
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$52,635.00$46,380.00
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?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@herzing.edu

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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.