Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

If you are interested in pursuing your Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Nursing in acute care settings, Kent State’s College of Nursing has a flexible program to help you reach your nursing career goals. The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares students to provide advanced acute and chronic comprehensive care to adults throughout their lives.  

The demand for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners has grown rapidly along with the complexity in the acute healthcare environment. As an advanced practice nurse, you’ll provide advanced nursing and specialized medical care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. You may work in a variety of healthcare settings such as specialty clinics, emergency departments, and acute, sub-acute, and intensive/critical care areas.

As a nursing student, your clinical education can encompass any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, as well as high-intensity interventions within the range of moderate to high-acuity care.  

While most AGACNPs practice in acute care and hospital-based settings, the continuum of acute care services may also include homes, ambulatory care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.  In addition to managing patient care, the AGACNP utilizes invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability.  

The Master’s Degree in Nursing prepares students to perform a wide variety of procedures, and the skill sets required by each positions often depend on the specific patient population goals, including patient stabilization, minimization of complications, and promotion of physical and psychological well-being.

The AGACNP Curriculum is a 42 credit hour program (72 credit hours for DNP) including both didactic and clinical courses that:

  • Emphasizes the Advance Practice Model with critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, and problem solving
  • ​Includes evidence-based practice research application and utilization
  • Provides a minimum of 630 clinical hours of supervised clinical practice
  • Program is based on a 3-year time commitment
  • Many Core classes offered with an online format

The ideal applicant to this concentration will have:

  • 3-5 years of nursing experience with 2 years of intensive care experience
  • A good working knowledge of the Nurse Practitioner role and preferably have shadowed nurse practitioners in the nurse practitioner concentration of interest
  • References from persons able to attest to your nursing skills and ability to represent the NP role
  • Proven skills in leadership, mentoring and a commitment to the growth of their profession

Candidates with a completed application meeting these requirements must arrange for an interview prior to being approved for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

Learn More about the DNP

Concentration Director

Louann BaileyLouann Bailey
Assistant Professor

Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing.

View information, requirements, and employment information for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate