Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree in nursing that prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice at the highest level of the profession. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Track of the DNP program prepares registered nurses for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. The AGACNP provides direct patient care to patients in acute care facilities and a broad array of specialty clinics. This track prepares students to meet the educational eligibility requirements to take a national certification examination through American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). In the AGACNP track, students obtain 700 clinical hours composed of simulation and direct patient care.

Contact Information:

Questions related to the track should be directed to the AGACNP Lead Faculty, Dr. Douglas Stephens at .

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Fall Application Deadline: Application and all admission requirements must be submitted prior to May 1 or until seats are filled.

Pricing structure for DNP programs: JSU Tuition and Fees

*JSU offers distance/online educational programs/tracks; to facilitate a positive learning experience for our students. To achieve this goal, some on campus requirements may be required. On campus events may include, but are not limited to, orientation to programs/tracks, on site simulated learning experiences, and dissemination of scholarly projects.

  1. Each applicant must satisfy minimum requirements for admission to graduate studies.
  2. A completed graduate studies application
  3. Official transcript with cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program or the last 60 hours of baccalaureate nursing program (the higher of the two).
  4. Undergraduate science courses satisfy a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution certified by a National Accreditation Agency.
  6. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States.
  7. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  8. Favorable recommendation from the DNP admissions committee.

Graduates of the AGACNP track are academically qualified to meet the eligibility requirements to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the ACNPC-AG Examination sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state’s practice act.

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College of Health Professions and Wellness | JSU Nursing
Adult -Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner BSN-DNP Plan of Study

Fall Year 1
NU702 BSN-DNP Online Orientation (0)
NU708 Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care (3)
NU712 Clinical Prevention & Population Health (3)

Spring Year 1
NU613 Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing (3)
NU713 Organizational & Systems Leadership for APN (3)

Summer Year 1
NU620 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
NU710 Healthcare Policy & Finance (3)

Fall Year 2
NU607 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NU707 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

Spring Year 2
ANP668 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP I (3)
ANP669 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP Practicum I (70 Clinical Hours) (1)
ANP671 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for ANP (2)

Summer Year 2
ANP672 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP II (3)
ANP673 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP Practicum II (210 Clinical Hours) (3)

Fall Year 3
ANP674 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP III (3)
ANP675 Adv Adult Gerontology Acute NP Practicum III (210 Clinical Hours) (3)

Spring Year 3
ANP676 Adv. Adult Gerontology Acute NP IV (3)
ANP677 Adv. Adult Gerontology Acute NP Practicum IV (210 Clinical Hours) (3)
*At this point students will receive their MSN and continue the next four semesters to earn their DNP

Summer Year 3
ANP796 Adult Gerontology Acute NP Project Planning & Development (3)
NU716 Interprofessional Healthcare and Informatics (3)

Fall Year 4
ANP797 Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency I (210 Clinical Hours) (3)
NU711Biostatistics and Translating Evidence (3)

Spring Year 4
ANP798 Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency II (210 Clinical Hours) (3)
NU715 Innovative Leadership and Collaboration in Healthcare (3)

Summer Year 4
ANP799 Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency III (210 Clinical Hours) (3)

Total Credits-69

Printable PDF AGACNP Plan of Study


State Approval of Online Programs:

We strive to provide quality nursing education to a wide network of current and future healthcare providers. Each state has its own process for approving out-of-state distance education programs. All JSU Nursing programs may not be available in all states. Please contact us for more information about availability of JSU distance education programs in your state. Prospective students considering the RN-BSN, MSN, BSN to DNP or post-Master’s DNP should contact:

Tammy Johnson ( (256) 782-8489

*The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Jacksonville State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.