Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program FAQ
- What can I do with a master’s in nursing?
- Can I continue to work while earning my Master of Science in Nursing?
- How long does it take to become an acute care nurse practitioner?
- When do classes start?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the ACNP program?
- Whom can I talk to about how to become a nurse practitioner and other questions?
1. What can I do with a master’s in nursing?
A Master of Science in Nursing enables registered nurses to explore career advancement opportunities in higher education, leadership, and health administration and to increase their scope of practice.
Students in the Adult-Older Adult ACNP program are prepared for successful careers as advanced practice nurses in adult-older adult acute care settings.
2. Can I continue to work while earning my Master of Science in Nursing?
Yes. Through a unique partnership between Marquette University and St.Vincent Health, ACNP students are able to continue working while earning their master’s degree on a part-time basis.
The flexibility of online nurse practitioner coursework allows students to complete coursework where and when it is convenient for them. Clinical experiences under the one-on-one guidance of a preceptor, provided within the St.Vincent Health network, reinforce the theoretical knowledge, ensuring a high-quality master’s-level education.
3. How long does it take to become an acute care nurse practitioner?
Students will complete the program in seven semesters of part-time study. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification exam to become an acute care nurse practitioner. Total length of the program is approximately 28 months.
4. When do classes start?
Two start dates are offered each year in January and August.
5. What are the eligibility requirements for the ACNP program?
Students seeking admission to the Adult-Older Adult Acute Care NP program must have a valid, unrestricted RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum of one (1) year experience in a hospital adult acute care setting prior to beginning clinical rotations within the ACNP program.
Students must also turn in all required documents with the program application, as well as complete the three (3) necessary prerequisites with a grade of C or higher.
6. Whom can I talk to about how to become a nurse practitioner through Marquette and other questions?
Before starting the application process, those interested in earning their Master of Science in Nursing should contact an admissions adviser by filling out a contact form or calling 866-891-8443.
Your admissions adviser will work with you throughout the application process to answer any questions you may have about the ACNP program, help determine program eligibility, and guide you through the application process.
If you have an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program FAQ that you didn’t see here, you can chat with a representative now. Or, ready to get started? Contact an adviser today.