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

Build upon your core competencies and prepare to provide care to adults, including older adults, both in hospitals and clinics.

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Program Overview

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP) online program 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 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.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $26,814 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 31-35 months Program Duration
icon 41 Credit Hours
icon $26,814 Total Tuition
icon As few as 31-35 months Program Duration
icon 41 Credit Hours

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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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.

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.

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UTA is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

$26,814 Total Tuition
$1,962 Per Course*
$654 Per Credit Hour

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Anticipated Course Materials**

Equipment Approximate Cost Course
Webcam 1080p Varies $20-$100 Required for all courses
Tripod Varies $5-$10 Required for all courses
Assessment Kit $49.95 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Rental $155.00 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Suture Kit $112.50 N5313 – Clinical Skills

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Our MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program offers convenient multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

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

Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
11/02/2020 10/02/2020 10/16/2020 10/28/2020 10/30/2020 Fall
01/11/2021 12/11/2020 12/16/2020 01/06/2021 01/08/2021 Spring
02/22/2021 01/22/2021 02/05/2021 02/17/2021 02/19/2021 Spring
04/05/2021 03/05/2021 03/19/2021 03/31/2021 04/02/2021 Spring
05/24/2021 04/23/2021 05/07/2021 05/19/2021 05/21/2021 Summer
07/06/2021 06/04/2021 06/18/2021 06/30/2021 07/02/2021 Summer
08/16/2021 07/16/2021 07/30/2021 08/11/2021 08/13/2021 Fall
09/27/2021 08/27/2021 09/10/2021 09/22/2021 09/24/2021 Fall
11/08/2021 10/08/2021 10/22/2021 11/03/2021 11/05/2021 Fall

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

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MSN in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • GRE not required for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • 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"
  • Probationary admission for students taking the GRE. GRE required for applicants with a 2.8-2.99 GPA with minimum score of 149 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, or 3.5 on the analytical writing section (best 2 of 3 sections)
  • 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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To complete the MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program, students must complete the following courses.

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NURS 5315: Advanced Pathophysiology

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

NURS 5327: Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.

NURS 5366: Principles of Research in Nursing

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.

NURS 5334: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.

NURS 5220: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.

NURS 5120: Adult-Gerontology Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Lab for all tracks who see Adult Gerontology patients.

NURS 5350: Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the healthcare system.

NURS 5461: Adult Gerontology Management Across the Continuum

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.

NURS 5463: Adult Gerontology Acute Care

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.

NURS 5354: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practice I

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.

NURS 5355: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practice II

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.

NURS 5640: Adult Gero Acute Care NP Advanced Practicum

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 advanced nursing practice.

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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.

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

** Textbook costs not included. To view textbooks, please visit the UTA Bookstore.

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