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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions | Nursing

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration will provide the student with a variety of didactic and clinical experiences. These experiences will prepare the graduate with complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and management of complex adult and geriatric clients with chronic, acute, and critical illnesses in a variety of health care settings. It would also prepare nurses for leadership roles in the contemporary health care system and provide a foundation for doctoral study in nursing.


The majority of core and support courses are offered online with periodic on campus class meetings during each semester.

The AGACNP program of study must be completed within six years. Students must also meet all graduate school requirements, including passing a comprehensive exam.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

  • Admission Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission into the MSN program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program of nursing from a regionally accredited college or university. 
      • Hold a current unencumbered licenses to practice nursing
      • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing coursework
      • Be CPR certified (professional level)
      • Have completed a course in health assessment or demonstrative proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history taking (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Option)
      • Provide verification documentation of 1,500 RN practice hours prior to admission to the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option.

      Unconditional Admission

      To establish unconditional admission at the master's degree level, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.25 overall. All courses attempted, including any repeated courses, are considered in the computation of the grade point average.

      Admission to the Graduate School and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to all majors.


      Applying to the Graduate School

      All applicants for any MSN program must first be accepted by the Graduate School. Apply online here.

      • Send official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted) to: ASU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
      • Designated, non-refundable application fee
      • Written documentation of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization
      • US citizens must be registered or exempt with Selective Service. Affirmation Action information can be found here.

      For questions, contact the Graduate School at (870) 972-3029.

      Applying to the MSN Program

      After applying to the Graduate School, candidates must also apply to the MSN program:

      1. Be accepted by the Graduate School for admission.
      2. Complete the MSN application
      3. Meet the Application Deadlines: Fall Term Admission Only, Application Deadline is August 1st
      4. Pre-Clinical Requirements:
        • One year experience as an RN
        • CPR Certification
        • TB Skin Test
        • Evidence of Hepatitis B Immunization
        • Professional Liability
        • Valid, Unencumbered RN License in the State of Practice
    • Additional Information

      Professional Liability Insurance

      Prior to taking the first clinical course, the student must have an unencumbered Arkansas RN license and present evidence of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$6,000,000 coverage), current CPR (professional level) certification and acceptable immunization status.

      Graduate Information Guide

      Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduating nursing students, entitled "Graduate Information Guide (GIG)". Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, A-State Student Handbook and A-State Graduate Bulletin are required following admission.

    • Careers

      Upon successful completion of the AGACNP program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Association of Critical Care Nurse (AACN).

      ANCC: https://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/

      AACN: https://www.aacn.org/certification/get-certified/acnpc-ag


    If you have questions, you may contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.


    ACEN LogoThe most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master's/Post-Master's Certificate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program..

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000. http://acenursing.org/.