Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Emory Nursing Student Quyen Pham

Train for Adult Acute Care

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide advanced practice in acute care settings through a program of study focused on the care of acutely ill patients and complex chronically ill patients and their families. The program integrates content in advanced health assessment, clinical decision making and diagnosis, advanced pharmacology, and management of acutely ill adults with specialty seminars taught by expert clinicians. Seminars and clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute illness on the patient and family. 

Graduates are prepared to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Program Length
The four-semester, 49-hour program may only be pursued full time.

Unique Highlights
Students in this program receive a broad exposure to managing the acute and complex clinically ill patients and are educated to work as independent practitioners and as members of an interdisciplinary team.

Clinical Experience
More than 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with physician and nurse practitioner preceptors are required for degree completion. Sites include hospitals and many specialty practices in the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this program have opportunities to work in acute and critical care specialty settings. Graduates have also found positions in research, administration, education, and quality assurance.

Program Update
Effective for students entering in fall 2017: Enrollment in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will no longer require one year of professional nursing experience as an RN in an acute/critical care setting.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 794
    • Females: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are Amercian Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness: Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

2

60

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505                           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 519

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management for the AGACNP I

2

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NRSG 668

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management for the AGACNP II

2

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

NRSG 669

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

NRSG 670

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

14

Total Credit Hours

 

50

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

 

 

780

 

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

Semester Credit Hours

7

Semester 2 (Spring)

NRSG 505                           

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

Semester Credit Hours

6

Semester 3 (Summer)

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety   

3

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

Semester Credit Hours

5

Semester 4 (Fall)

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

2

60

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

Semester Credit Hours

9

60

Semester 5 (Spring)

NRSG 519

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

2

NRSG 668

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

6

180

Semester 6 (Summer)

NRSG 520

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

2

NRSG 669

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

7

240

Semester 7 (Fall)

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

NRSG 670

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

10

300

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

50

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

780

 

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

 Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume

The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**: 

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.2 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

Post Graduate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Program of Study

This program is designed specifically for registered nurses who would like to achieve certification in an acute care specialty area. The post graduate Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program will require 500* hours. A maximum of 250 transferred hours may be accepted toward completion of this program. Students will be eligible for board certification (AGACNP-BC ) through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) after completing this course. 

Prerequisites:

  • Students who have not already completed the 3 Ps will need to register for those classes:
    • Advanced health assessment
    • Advanced pharmacology
    • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Applications must include a letter from the student's original school or an official transcript

All plans of study are customized to meet the individual needs of the post-graduate student. The following provides a sample plan of a typical curriculum that students may complete.

* Some hours may be waived at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Course

Credits

 Course Desciption

Clinical Hours

Semester 1

NRSG 519: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness 1

2

Didactic content-acute & chronic mgt of adult-gerontology population

 

NRSG 695R: AGACNP II 

2

120 Clinical Hours

Semester 2

NRSG 520: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness II

2

Didactic content-chronic disease mgmt, acute & critical care/trauma

 

NRSG 697R: AGACNP III

3

180 Clinical Hours

Most students will require 9 credits.

MSN

Tuition (per credit hour)*$1850
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$6328

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation.  MSN and post-masters application deadlines are below.

  • 0/15/2017*
  • 12/15/2017**
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2018

*Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid
** Final priority deadline for admission

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

Jennifer Adamski, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Speciality Coordinator
jennifer.adamski@emory.edu
office: 404-727-4102