Adult Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Acute care nurse practitioners (NPs) care for patients struggling with acute, chronic, or critical conditions, while primary care NPs care for the daily health of their patients as well as the illnesses they contract. The online MSN degree in Adult Gerontology – Acute Care at Regis College prepares associate and bachelor’s-credentialed nurses to provide advanced care to adolescents to adults facing serious threats to their health. As our population continues to age, including more than 77 million baby boomers over 65 by 2034, demand for AGACNPs will continue to rise.*

AGACNPs can also play a critical role in serving on the front lines during an epidemic or pandemic, helping to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Currently, nurses are in short supply and high demand, and Regis is more committed than ever to help fill that void.

What can you do with an adult gerontology – acute care nursing degree?

Adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners diagnose and treat medical conditions in adolescents to adults, sometimes in collaboration with a host of other medical professionals. They may also continue to monitor the patient as they move into an outpatient facility or return home, to ensure a successful transition and complete resolution of their needs.

Where do adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners work?

Like many other medical professionals, AGACNPs can work in a number of medical facilities. These can include hospitals, private doctor’s offices, community health clinics, nursing homes, and more.

*The United States Census

Get Curriculum Details


Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:
Summer: 03/19/2023
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 04/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


Why Choose Regis for Your Online MSN in AGACNP?

100% online, flexible learning environment

Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for ANCC and AACN certification

Our NP exam pass rates exceed the national average*

Transfer credits accepted

*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates

Our Curriculum Can Prepare You for New Leadership Opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several modes of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential. Our inclusive approach to nursing leadership starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

A Virtual Extension of Our highly Regarded On-campus Program

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a virtual extension of our highly regarded and longstanding on-campus program. Maintaining the mission of Regis, our online MSN program resonates with and empowers those who seek to serve at their highest capacity to care for and comfort patients.

Our esteemed faculty consists of active nursing professionals, which means our programs provide insider perspectives on the leadership qualities the nursing field demands. With our online MSN, you can develop important leadership skills such as critical thinking, professional and interpersonal communication, effective decision-making, patience, and more.

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals

Adult Gerontology – Acute Care by the Numbers


The average salary for adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners in the U.S. (


The employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow by 52% from 2019 to 2029 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

77 million

The number of Americans projected to be 65 or older by 2034 (U.S. Census Bureau)

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What Can You Do with an Adult Gerontology – Acute Care NP Specialization?

Baby boomers are one of the largest generations in the United States, expected to number 77 million in 2034.* As they continue to age, we’ll need more medical professionals skilled at diagnosing and treating their medical needs. AGACNPs perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Provide long-term evaluation/management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems, both in the hospital as well as outside the hospital setting
  • Write prescriptions for acutely and chronically ill patients**
  • Assess patient responses to drugs and other ancillary treatments
  • Create effective care plans based on all relevant data and test results

*U.S. Census Bureau
**NPs’ authority to write prescriptions is granted on a state-by-state basis.

Where Do Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Work?

Adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners can work in a variety of settings providing advanced care to adults experiencing critical health threats and chronic or episodic illnesses. Medical facilities that employ AGACNPs include:

  • Cardiac care units
  • Emergency rooms
  • Intensive care units
  • Nursing schools
  • Private practice
  • Specialized clinics
  • Acute and subacute care units
  • Trauma units

Meet Our Faculty

    Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

    Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

    • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
    • Active unencumbered RN license
    • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
    • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
    • For RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on your prior undergraduate coursework

    Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry:

    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited program
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
    • Active unencumbered RN license
    • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes

    Application Requirements

    You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

    • Application form
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
    • Current resume
    • Statement of purpose
    • Two letters of recommendation

    About Regis

    As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

    “In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

    Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.


    When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.