A BSN-to-DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Degree with Adult Gerontology Acute Care Focus

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. The program emphasizes the importance of transitions of care and aging in place.

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.

An Advanced Practice Doctoral Degree with a High-Demand Specialty

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.

Nurse Practitioner Job & Salary Growth

The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2017 was $70,000.

However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $103,880 and NP employment is projected to grow 36% from 2016-2026.

Completing this program also means that you will have earned the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses (schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nurses have endorsed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as the terminal degree).

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This program is designed with part-time study for working nurses. You can complete the 94 credit hour program in five years.

  • All courses except clinical and practicum courses are delivered online.
  • There are two Summer visit to our campus in Greeley, Colorado, during which you will complete some of your clinical hours. The School of Nursing works in partnership with Banner Health, Medical Center of the Rockies, Platte Valley Medical Center and area extended care facilities for clinical experience opportunities.
  • The majority of your practicum clinical hours will be completed at rural facilities in your regional area.

Required Coursework (94 Credit Hours)

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page. Though students start the program each Fall term, the current students page will serve all current Nursing DNP: AGACNP students on one page.

See the Planned Course Sequence (listing which courses will be delivered each term of your program).


Clinical Hours (1,170 Hours)

A minimum of 1,170 clinical hours are completed while enrolled in the clinical/practicum courses (NURS 678, 682, 683, 684, 686, 693 and 798). These courses involve advanced practice skills labs, evidence-based practice simulations and clinical decision-making competencies, as well as clinical hours in advanced practice skill acquisition.

Faculty will work with students on clinical placement with preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or physician assistant).


DNP Scholarly Project

Because of the clinical focus of this degree, rigorous academic standards are maintained throughout the program rather than completion of a dissertation. As part of the research core coursework, you will complete an evidence-based scholarly project designed by the student in collaboration with a faculty.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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