This major is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as an Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). We recommend that students entering the Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Major have at least one to two years of RN/direct patient care experience in an acute care management setting. This new major includes a total of 76 credit hours of post baccalaureate study and 1035 clinical hours. 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 successful completion of this major, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ACNP certification exam and be awarded the DNP degree.
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.