MSN-Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Marquette University’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program in Indianapolis is designed to help current RNs with a BSN earn their Master of Science in Nursing and specialize in adult gerontology acute care while continuing to work as a registered nurse. Over the course of this part-time, 28-month hybrid nursing program, you’ll complete a 42 credit curriculum consisting of online coursework, in-person labs, and preceptorships in Indianapolis.

There is a moratorium on admissions for the AGACNP program in Indianapolis for new students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Online Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in Indianapolis

Program Overview

Through a combination of flexible online learning and hands-on experience, you will be prepared to become an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner without putting your career on hold. Our unique online learning platform offers students a flexible, high-quality master’s-level nursing education that keeps students engaged and allows you to learn at their own pace.

  • Avoid the stress of finding your own preceptor; Marquette’s unique relationship with networks in the Indianapolis area means preceptorships will be arranged for students.
  • Complete advanced practice online AGACNP courses designed to further your clinical assessment skills and prepare you for acute care settings.
  • Earn your MSN from prestigious Marquette University, a private, nonprofit organization.
  • Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to take the board examination required to earn the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (AGACNP-BC) or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification-Adult-Gerontology (ACNPC-AG) credential.

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the MSN-AGACNP program must meet the following requirements to qualify:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited, US-based institution
  • A valid, unrestricted Indiana RN license
  • Two years of experience caring for adults in an acute care setting
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0


Marquette University ACNP program

Prior to applying for the MSN-AGACNP program, students must complete the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:

  • Statistics, including inferential analysis (3 credits)**
  • Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • Health Assessment (3 credits)

** Must be completed within five years of program start

Nursing Application Materials

Prospective students will apply for the program via the Marquette Graduate School application portalNote: an application fee of $50 for first-time applicants is due at time of application.

The below material must be submitted:

  • Program application: Students must select the Indiana Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Program option
  • GRE score: Please note that the GRE is waived for those with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A resume or CV
  • A written statement of professional goals: Statement must include your reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing and must be limited to two double-spaced pages

AGACNP Program Curriculum

Core Courses — 12 Credits

  • NURS 6000 — Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 6007 — Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy
  • NURS 6009 — Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • NURS 6010 — Research and Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing

Foundation Courses — 9 Credits

  • NURS 6030 — Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 6032 — Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing
  • NURS 6035 — Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Specialty Courses — 21 Credits

  • NURS 6037 — Management of Episodic Health Problems
  • NURS 6240 — Complex Health Problems
  • NURS 6335 — Differential Diagnosis and Advanced Skills for the Acutely Ill Adult
  • NURS 6340 — Complex Acute Care Problems
  • NURS 6351 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–1 Practicum
  • NURS 6352 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–2 Practicum
  • NURS 6353 — Advanced Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult-Older Adult–3 Practicum

Learn more about the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program available to registered nurses today by speaking to an admissions adviser.

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