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

PLEASE NOTE: this program is not currently accepting applications.

The Nursing DNP – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Concentration 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 as of 2021 is $73,300.

However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $109,820 and NP employment is projected to grow 52% from 2019-2029.

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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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 (1,185 Hours)

A minimum of 1,185 clinical/simulation/lab/practicum hours are completed while enrolled in the program courses as follows:

  • 540 minimum total clinical hours in NURS 682, 683, 686, and 693.
  • 60 minimum total simulation/lab hours between NURS 613 and NURS 684.
  • 585 minimum total practicum hours in NURS 678 (45 hrs) and 798 (540 hrs).

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.

Our clinical placement coordinator is dedicated to the Nurse Practitioner programs to assist Nurse Practitioner students in finding clinical placements and qualified preceptors, which include 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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