MSN and DNPAdult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Break new boundaries in your nursing career.

As a passionate nursing professional, you’re already making a difference in the lives of your patients. Now you’re ready for a new challenge — one where you can work more autonomously, take on greater responsibility, and play a leading role in treating people when they’re most vulnerable.  Specializing as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner with the help of Bradley University can prepare you for such an opportunity.

Our online program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to work with diverse populations of acutely ill or injured patients in fast-paced settings such as trauma units, sub-acute care units, emergency rooms, and intensive care units.

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Build a brighter future with Bradley. 

You aspire to play a leading role in advancing the level of health care available in your community. We want to be your partner on this journey. And together, we can make it happen.

Our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley, broke boundaries to build a new model beyond the limitations of her time. For over a century we’ve continued her legacy of challenging the status quo by imagining what could be, then rolling up our sleeves and working together to build it.  We do this by taking the best resources available and creating solutions that remake the world around us.

When you choose Bradley’s nursing program, you’ll have access to the resources and tools to help you attain your goals. This includes:

  • Dedicated faculty members who have years of experience in the health care field. Mentors who will be there for you not only beyond office hours, but beyond graduation.
  • Small class sizes – varying from 6 to 25 – and the personalized support to help you thrive.
  • A collaborative environment where you can learn from and alongside like-minded professionals who share your vision for a better health care system.
  • Learning beyond the classroom, where you can hone your skills through supervised clinical experiences at a facility of your choice.

With our online nursing degrees, you can:

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Learn 100% online with no campus residency requirements

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Prepare for the ANCC or AACN certification exams

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Benefit from multiple entry options:

  • Master of Science in Nursing available for those with an ADN, diploma, non-nursing bachelor’s, or BSN degree.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice options for those with a BSN degree.
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The master’s degree program in nursing, Post-Graduate APRN Certificate program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Washington DC 20001; (202)887-6791; http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.

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Which path is right for you?

Depending on your education level, Bradley offers three online options to earn an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree:

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RN to MSN AGACNP

If you are an RN with an ADN, nursing diploma, or non-nursing bachelor’s degree, we offer bridge courses that can start you on the path toward an MSN-AGACNP.

  • 56 Credit Hours*
  • 3 Years
  • 9 Semesters
  • 600 Clinical Hours

*Includes 9 undergraduate hours from RN completion courses

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BSN to MSN AGACNP

If you already have your BSN, you may be eligible to start working toward your MSN-AGACNP right away. No bridge courses are required for this entry path.

  • 47 Credit Hours
  • 2.3 Years
  • 7 Semesters
  • 600 Clinical Hours

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BSN to DNP AGACNP

This option is for BSN-credentialed nurses looking to earn a terminal degree with a focus in adult-gerontology acute care.

  • 68 Credit Hours
  • 3.3 Years
  • 10 Semesters
  • 1000 Clinical Hours

Why earn an online adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree?

Now is an ideal time to take the next step in your nursing career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 52% by 2029, making it the second-fastest growing occupation nationwide.*

Even better, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) reports that only 2.9% of all nurse practitioners are certified in adult-gerontology acute care. This means you can become a sought-after specialist in what is already an in-demand occupation.**

At Bradley University, we prepare you to:

  • More effectively assess, diagnose and treat acutely ill adult and elderly patients who may be highly vulnerable to health complications
  • Use evidence-based research, guidelines, and best practices to formulate individualized treatment plans
  • Take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) certification exam

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic
** American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Is an online adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree right for you?

Need help deciding if an online degree aligns with your current needs and future goals? We can help.

An online AGACNP program is right for you if:

• You strive to improve health outcomes for patients with acute and often chronic health conditions
• You excel at providing compassionate care for people who may be experiencing trauma
• You have the resourcefulness and decision-making skills to perform in emergency situations
• You aspire to take on a more autonomous role in your nursing career
• You have the vision to foresee a better tomorrow for your community, and the drive to help achieve it by furthering your own education and professional development

Here are a few other ways to know if an online adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree from Bradley is right for you:

• You want to collaborate with and learn from other aspiring nurse practitioners
• You want a flexible online learning environment that fits your busy schedule
• You’re eager to learn from a faculty of passionate and experienced clinicians
• You prefer small class sizes and the personalized support to help you thrive
• You understand the value of a program where every class is taught by your actual professor

Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Curriculum

Online RN to MSN AGPCNP Curriculum

For RNs with an ADN, nursing diploma, or non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

Bridge Courses

NUR 300 Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing Practices 3 Credits
NUR 303 Research in Nursing 3 Credits
NUR 404 Community Health Nursing - Theory 2 Credits
NUR 407 Community Health Practicum RN-MSN* 1 Credit

Core Courses

BIO 526 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
ENC 510 Statistical Procedures 3 Credits
NUR 501 Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development 3 Credits
NUR 526 Evidence Based Practice 3 Credits
NUR 600 Advanced Health Assessment 3 Credits
NUR 615 Health Informatics 3 Credits
NUR 640 Healthcare Policy 3 Credits
NUR 651 Advanced Pharmacology I 3 Credits
NUR 655 NUR 655 Diagnostic Reasoning 3 Credits

Specialty Courses (600 clinical hours)

NUR 656 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics I 6 Credits
NUR 657 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics II 6 Credits
NUR 658 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics III 6 Credits

Capstone Course

NUR 690 Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice 2 Credits

Online BSN to MSN-AGPCNP Curriculum

For RNs with a BSN.

Core Courses

BIO 526 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
ENC 510 Statistical Procedures 3 Credits
NUR 501 Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development 3 Credits
NUR 526 Evidence Based Practice 3 Credits
NUR 600 Advanced Health Assessment 3 Credits
NUR 615 Health Informatics 3 Credits
NUR 640 Healthcare Policy 3 Credits
NUR 651 Advanced Pharmacology I 3 Credits
NUR 655 NUR 655 Diagnostic Reasoning 3 Credits

Specialty Courses (600 clinical hours)

NUR 656 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics I 6 Credits
NUR 657 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics II 6 Credits
NUR 658 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics III 6 Credits

Capstone Course

NUR 690 Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice 2 Credits

Online BSN to DNP-AGPCNP Curriculum

For RNs with a BSN.

Core Courses

BIO 526 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
ECO 605 Health Care Economics & Finance 3 Credits
NUR 600 Advanced Health Assessment 3 Credits
NUR 651 Advanced Pharmacology I 3 Credits
NUR 655 NUR 655 Diagnostic Reasoning 3 Credits
NUR 700 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science 3 Credits
NUR 703 Health Promotion in Populations 3 Credits
NUR 705 Research Design and Statistical Methods 3 Credits
NUR 720 Methods in Evidence Based Practice 3 Credits
NUR 735 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
NUR 740 Healthcare Policy and Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
NUR 752 Advanced Health Informatics 3 Credits

Specialty Courses (600 clinical hours)

NUR 656 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics I 6 Credits
NUR 657 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics II 6 Credits
NUR 658 Management of Acutely Ill Adults & Geriatrics III 6 Credits

DNP Courses

NUR 841 DNP Project I (50 clinical hrs) 3 Credits
NUR 842 DNP Project II (50 clinical hrs) 3 Credits
NUR 843 DNP Project III (125 clinical hrs) 3 Credits
NUR 844 DNP Project IV (75 clinical hrs.) 3 Credits

Capstone Course

NUR 690 Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice 2 Credits

Learn from innovative nursing leaders.

When Lydia Moss Bradley founded the university bearing her name, she set out to create an institution that builds relationships on a commitment to community and provides an education designed to make the world better. We strive to uphold these principles to this day.

The faculty who lead our online adult-gerontology acute nurse practitioner programs are dedicated to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your nursing career. They bring a broad base of clinical expertise and professional experience into our online classrooms each day and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

For more than 60 years, Bradley University has been setting the standard for excellence in nursing education. Our graduates work as advanced practice nurses and leaders in clinical and nonclinical settings across the country. They’re transforming the way health care is delivered in the 21st century — and so can you.

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Earn an advanced nursing degree online from Bradley University.