Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track (AGACNP)

As part of Walsh University's Master of Science in Nursing program, the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track meets the health care needs of the acutely ill person by providing the following services, in congruence with the AGACNP competencies established by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) (2012): Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national Adult Gerontology Acute Care certification exam.

  • Direct health care services, ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management.
  • Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.
  • Assessment and diagnosis of health status.
  • Synthesis of data to assist clinical decision making.
  • Creating and implementing plans of care.
  • Educator of patients, families, and other health care professionals.

The AGACNP functions in an acute care environment, typically defined as the hospital setting, but is inclusive of specialty clinics, home care, emergency departments, rehabilitation centers, and beyond. The AGACNP must be nationally certified in order to be classified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competent and safe care of the acutely ill adult gerontology patient and population, ranging from health promotion to disease prevention, to maintenance and stabilization of complex acute and chronic conditions.
  2. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and evidence-based clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of adult and aging patients with acute, chronic, and critical conditions.
  3. Analyze situations to improve quality of care through consultations and collaborations with other professionals.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills through a commitment to the implementation, preservation, and evolution of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role and advocate for health policies that positively affect APRN practice.
  5. Provide culturally competent care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and make health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track Guidelines

Admission Policy

Participants enrolled in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program must comply with the Byers School of Nursing, Graduate admissions requirements.

Program Delivery

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is offered using a distance learning methodology* and requires students to be on campus for two intensives and other planned experiences.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, the student is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will work with the student to develop a curriculum plan. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors prior to registration each semester to confirm their program plan.

Registration Procedures

New students are given instructions on how to register with their acceptance letter. Before or during the first half of the first semester, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to map out a curriculum plan. For the remainder of the program students are responsible for registering for their own classes. The process is as follows:

  • Graduate students may register on-line via the Walsh University Cavalier Center ( ( To register on-line, the student must obtain an alternate PIN from their assigned academic advisor and resolve any holds that may prevent registration.
  • Obtain a form from the website ( ( Click on “Academic” and scroll down to the “Office of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “Graduate Registration Form”. Download as copy and fax (330) 490-7372, mail, or present the completed form to the Registrar’s Office (located in Farrell Hall).

* Online refers to the definition from the Higher Learning Commission: Distance-delivered courses are those in which all or the vast majority (typically 75% or more) of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track 

Foundation Courses (12 Credit Hours)
NURS 701Nurs Sci Adv Pract:Theor/Found3
NURS 702Advanced Nursing Research3
NURS 706Hlth Care Policy, Organ/Financ3
NURS 710Nurs Role & Ethics for Clin Do3
Practice Application Courses (18 Credit Hours)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment3
NURS 663AGACNP Clin Assess & Mgmt3
NURS 671Intensive I0
NURS 672Intensive II0
NURS 705App of Epidemiol to Hlth Serv3
NURS 718Hltcr Tech & Data Mgmt3
Expert Knowledge Courses (20 Credit Hours)
NURS 662AGACNP Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 664Adult Gero Acute Care I5
NURS 665Adult Gero Acute Care II5
NURS 667Adult Gero Acute Care III5
NURS 668AGAC Capstone2
Total Clinical Hours: 650
Total Hours 50