Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

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):

  • 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).

Walsh University's AGACNP track was developed with direct input from current, nationally-certified, and licensed nurse practitioners from a variety of subspecialties. The content is focused on care of the acutely ill adult and utilizes a variety of methods to immerse the student in an adaptive, comprehensive learning environment. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 650 clinical hours with an eligible preceptor. Four rotations are required, including internal medicine, cardiology, critical care, and palliative care/hospice.

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track objectives are to:
  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 professions.
  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.

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 “Academics” and scroll down to the “Office of the Registrar” link. Scroll down to the link “forms” and then on “Graduate Registration Form”. Download a 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 (11 Credit Hours)
NURS 600Theoretical Devel of Nurs Sci3
NURS 601Research Meth/Evid Based Pract3
NURS 603Prof Role Dev/Ethical Issues3
NURS 606Hlth Care Policy,Organ/ Financ2
Practice Application Courses (14 Credit Hours)
NURS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 612Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 614Adv Health Assessment3
NURS 618Health Informatics2
NURS 640Clini Assessment & Management3
NURS 671Intensive I0
NURS 672Intensive II0
Expert Knowledge Courses (20 Credit Hours)
NURS 662AGACNP Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 664Adult Gerontology Acute Cre I5
NURS 665Adult Gerontology Acute Cre II5
NURS 667Adult Gerontology Acute Cr III5
NURS 668AGAC Capstone I1
NURS 669AGAC Capstone II1
Total Clinical Hours: 650
Total Hours45