Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online

This program is designed to provide nurses with the ability to use research findings to maximize the healthcare delivery services for individuals from the age of 18 through end of life who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent and/or vulnerable for the development of complications.

Apply by: 7/19/24
Start class: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Consider the online MSN-AGACNP at UTA

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP) online program at UTA is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to manage the health of individuals from the age of 18 through adulthood and the end of life. Emphasis in the program is on health restoration, management of complex, acute and chronic illnesses and complex health management of late adolescents, adults and older adults.

This fully online AGACNP program will provide nurses with leadership skills, as well as the ability to use research findings to maximize healthcare delivery services for individuals who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or vulnerable for the development of complications.

This accelerated program prepares the nurse practitioner to care for those with complex, chronic illness. The scope of practice of the AG ACNP is not limited to physical location of client, but is determined by their needs.

Common sites where AG ACNP may practice include, but are not limited to:

  • Intensive care units
  • Emergency departments
  • Outpatient practice settings in many specialty areas, such as neurology, infectious disease, cardiology and pulmonology

Coursework includes the role of the nurse in advanced practice, adult gerontology management across the continuum, adult gerontology acute care, clinical practice and an advanced clinical nursing practicum.

UTA's fully online MSN in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner includes these key elements:

  • Application in demonstrating clinical expertise and providing care to acutely ill patients—including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and therapies
  • Includes preparation to use research and theoretical principles to implement therapies that restore health, minimize complications and manage risk factors
  • Includes practice in integrating the patient's care across the continuum of acute care services in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, families and patients

Graduates are well-prepared for careers in gerontology and adult care and are highly employable. Graduates may take the National Certification Exam as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

A post-master's certificate for adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is also available. Students may be eligible to sit for two certification exams with the addition of this certificate. Save up to 16 credits. Ask your enrollment specialist for more information.

The CCNE-accredited MSN in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program can lead to expanded specialist roles in clinical settings such as:

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Emergency Department (ER)
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Emergency Department (ER)
  • Rehabilitation Centers

Clinical Requirements

The clinical requirements included in the MSN in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program at UTA are intended to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the nurse practitioner. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed preceptor with expertise in their advanced nursing practice specialty.

Clinical placement at The University of Texas at Arlington in the graduate nursing department is a collaborative process with each student. Students are asked to locate a preceptor which is aligned with their program requirements; however, the Graduate Nursing Department will provide assistance with clinical placement when a student is experiencing difficulty. Clinical placement policies are available in the Graduate Nursing clinical management system, InPlace, and are available to all students upon admission.

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

The clinical requirements included in the MSN in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program at UTA are intended to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the nurse practitioner. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed preceptor with expertise in their advanced nursing practice specialty.

Clinical placement at The University of Texas at Arlington in the graduate nursing department is a collaborative process with each student. Students are asked to locate a preceptor which is aligned with their program requirements; however, the Graduate Nursing Department will provide assistance with clinical placement when a student is experiencing difficulty. Clinical placement policies are available in the Graduate Nursing clinical management system, InPlace, and are available to all students upon admission.

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

State Authorization

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

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Total Tuition $26,814
Duration As few as 29-33 months
Credit Hours 41

Accreditation

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The baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Tuition

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The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That's why this online program offers pay-by-the course options.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $26,814
Per Credit Hour $654

Calendar

Note these milestones to guide your student journey

The MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your professional and personal schedule.

8-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment Due
Summer II7/1/245/31/246/14/246/28/24
Fall I8/19/247/19/248/2/248/16/24
Fall II9/30/248/30/249/13/249/27/24
Fall III11/4/2410/4/2410/18/2411/1/24
Spring I1/6/2512/13/2412/27/241/3/25

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Apply Date 7/19/24
Class Starts 8/19/24

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Admissions

Upcoming dates and deadlines for our online MSN AGACNP program

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step toward changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Active RN license
  • 2 Years experience

Online Admission Requirements

  • Unconditional admission for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Probationary admission for applicants with 2.8-2.99 GPA
  • An unencumbered RN license
  • Two years clinical RN experience within the area of concentration, in an acute care setting within the previous five (5) years is required
  • Completion of all prerequisites, including: Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing from ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program.
  • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • International students required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) healthcare system
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement includes minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Visit Graduate Nursing Advising for a list of AO Graduate advisors.

Transfer Credits

The maximum amount of credit that may transfer from another university is 10 semester hours. The syllabus for the course(s) you wish to transfer will need to be reviewed. You must apply before we can review your syllabus.

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Learn more about our admission requirements, review the nursing handbook and policies, and discover tips for success on the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) page.

Courses

Preview the nursing degree plan

To complete the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program, students must complete the following courses.

Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Clinical Hours: 0 hours
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.
Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.
Duration: 3 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the adult-gerontology population.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the healthcare system.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Foundations of advanced knowledge of common acute and chronic health problems in adolescents, adults, and elders across healthcare settings.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Focuses on a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach in the management of acutely ill, physiologically unstable adolescent, adult and gerontology patients with complex multi-system dysfunction.
Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Clinical experience in specialty practice and high acuity healthcare settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults and elders with common secondary and tertiary healthcare need.
Duration: 11 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continued clinical experience in specialty practice and high acuity healthcare settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults and elders with common secondary and tertiary healthcare needs.
Duration: 13 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of adult gerontology acute care advanced nursing practice.

Additional Information

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

To see which courses are going to be offered on each start date, download the course schedule.

* Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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