Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration will prepare you to provide advanced nursing care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP) students learn a wide variety of procedures and gain experience in moderate to high-acuity clinical settings where patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies.

The demand for AG-ACNP's has grown rapidly along with the complexity in the acute healthcare environment. They provide advanced nursing and specialized care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. In addition to managing patient care, they utilize invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability.

In this role, you may work in a variety of acute and hospital-based settings such as specialty clinics, emergency departments, and acute, sub-acute, and intensive/critical care areas, as well as post-acute settings including homes, ambulatory care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take either the ANCC or AACN examinations for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP. 2018 MSN graduates attained an average pass rate of 98% on board certification examinations.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally certified advanced practice nurses, as well as active researchers with decades of experience
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Many online courses
  • Fall and spring semester start dates

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP concentration is 42 credit hours which includes 600 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60015: Advanced Health Assessment / 3 credits
  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60120: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care I / 3 credits
  • NURS 61292: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care I Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60506: Clinical Diagnostics / 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • NURS 60130: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role / 1 credit
  • NURS 61392: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60230: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I / 4 credits
  • NURS 62392: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60330: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II / 2 credits
  • NURS 63392: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing.

Learn more about the Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP course instructors:

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Kristine Jacobson
Interim Coordinator


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Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's AGACNP master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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