The Nursing DNP – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Emphasis program is a practice-focused doctorate designed for working BSN nurses. You will learn to promote health and assess, diagnose, monitor, treat and coordinate the care of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults, and older adults with a focus on the rural environment. Nurses in this specialized acute care role provide improve transitions of care and help to prevent hospital readmissions.
This program features a part-time plan of study to fit the schedules of working BSN RNs. Coursework is via asynchronous ("not at the same time") online delivery the majority of the year. There are two summer intensive sessions in Greeley, Colorado, during the program. Practicums are planned in your regional area with existing clinical partners.
The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2014 was $66,640.
However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $95,350.
Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national APN certification credentials that are specific to Adult Gerontology Acute Care:
Graduates can also apply for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse (APN/APRN) in adult-gerontology acute care.
You'll also have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In 2004, schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nurses endorsed DNP education as the terminal degree for Advanced Practice Nurses.