DNP- Adult Gerontology Acute Care


This major is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). We recommend that students entering the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Major have at least one to two years of RN/direct patient care experience in an acute care management setting. The major is designed in accordance with the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, the NONPF Core competencies, and Population Focus Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2013). Upon completing this major, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ACNP certification exam and be awarded the DNP degree.

This program is available for full-time and part-time study, with coursework primarily online. Students are required to attend five sessions on the main campus at Florida State University. Most of the courses have a synchronous (real-time or live) component and on-demand (asynchronous) classes, so 3 to 5 synchronous Zoom classes will be scheduled throughout the semester.

Available Pathways

BSN to DNP (Part-time)

BSN to DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Fall Admission Part-time

Fall Semester
6 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
5 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
3 Credit Hours

NGR 5140 Advanced Patho Concepts in Nursing Science (3)

NGR 7769 DNP Roles & Leadership within Complex HC Environments (3)

NGR 5846 Biostatistics (3)

NGR 6826 Methods of Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement (2)

NGR 6811 Theoretical Constructs and Methods for Evidence-Based Scholarship (3)
Fall Semester
5 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
4 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
5 Credit Hours

NGR 5172 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)

NGR 6662 Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health (2)

NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning for the APN (4)

NGR 6066 Skills of the APN (3)

NGR 6004L Advanced Health Assessment and Skills for the APN Practicum (2) (60 clinical hours)

Fall Semester
6 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
6 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
2 Credit Hours

NGR 6853 Translation and Synthesis of Evidence (3)

NGR 6674 Population Health and Applied Epidemiology (3)

NNGR 6895 Healthcare Policy, Politics and Power (3)

NGR 6185 Genetics & Emerging Diseases (3)

GR 6931C DNP Project Planning & Application for the APN (2) (60 indirect clinical hours) 
Fall Semester
8 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
6 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
6 Credit Hours
NGR 6210 Acute Care I (3) 
NGR 6210L Acute Care Practicum I (3) (60 CH)
NGR 6935C DNP Project Implementation, Evaluation & Dissemination for the APN (2) (60 indirect clinical hours)

NGR 6211 Acute Care II (3) 

NGR 6211L Acute Care Practicum II (3) (180 clinical hours) 

NGR 6212 Acute Care III (3) 

NGR 6212L Acute Care Practicum III (3) (180 clinical hours) 

Fall Semester
4 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
67Credit Hours
NGR 6213L Acute Care Practicum IV (4) (240 clinical hours)

NGR 6893 Healthcare Finance, Economics, and Entrepreneurship (3)

NGR 6214L Acute Care Practicum V (4) (240 clinical hours)

73 credit hours and 1080 clinical hours [960 population specific and 120 indirect hours]

Revised February 2024

BSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post Master's ACNP to DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post MSN (NonNP) to DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
*Each student’s plan of study may vary based on evaluation of transfer credits upon admission

 Expected Costs 

All DNP Program Costs
Typhon $90
Books $750
AGAC Track In-State  Out of State
Tuition for AGAC Track $32,440 $78,475


Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all post-baccalaureate, graduate course work. This coursework includes successful completion of all core courses with a grade of B or higher and a DNP project.

Cumulative GPA in the program of 3.0 or higher.

The DNP degree must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the time of formal matriculation into the program

How to Apply

*States where we can and cannot accept students

Complete the Florida State University Graduate application. Upload all required admissions documents and video interview to the application.


July 1st

Florida State University Graduate Application


Application Requirements

1. BSN degree from a nationally accredited program with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher or MSN degree from a nationally accredited program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 

2. Applicants that already hold an MSN degree must submit proof of clinical hours completed for the MSN program (Send summary of clinical hours from Typhon or contact the institution that awarded the MSN and have them email a letter to the College of Nursing stating the total of clinical hours completed for the program).

3. Applicants that already hold an MSN degree must submit copies of course syllabi for Adv. Pathophysiology, Adv. Health Assessment, Adv. Pharmacology and any other course they wish to transfer to the DNP program. If an applicant does not have the required discrete courses, they will be required to complete them during the program. 

4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*

6. Unencumbered and unrestricted RN license.

7. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

8. Current CV or resume.



 GRE/MAT Waiver Criteria

The GRE requirement will be waived for outstanding applicants meeting ONE of the following criteria:

  • A completed master’s degree with a 3.0 or better GPA from an accredited institution.
  • A completed BSN (60 hours of nursing or RN to BSN courses) with a 3.5 GPA from an accredited institution.

GRE/MAT waiver request form

Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied.  
Applicants with a competitive GRE or MAT score will still be able to apply to the program and will not be held to these additional criteria.
For those accredited institutions that are competency-based (no GPA assigned), the applicant must submit a GRE/MAT score.

For more information on the Graduate application process, contact Student Services at
For information regarding Tuition and Fees, visit




Track Coordinator

Dr. Kristin Fadale