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The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) acquires knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services to late adolescents and adults across the lifespan for the purposes of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The AGACNP works in a variety of clinical settings that include, but are not limited to, acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory care centers. The population foci consist of late adolescents through the elderly experiencing acute and episodic chronic health problems. There are 24 credit hours in the specialty with 675 direct clinical hours.

The AGACNP graduate is prepared to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, the humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status of adults across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, integrating critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for adults across the lifespan.
  3. Design and implement a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with adult patients and families across the lifespan.
  4. Evaluate and revise the documented management plan based on patient/family findings, problems and expected outcomes of treatment. 
  5. Apply adult assessment methodologies and research findings to improve and evaluate the care of adult patients and families across the adult lifespan.
  6. Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings.
  7. Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as an acute care nurse practitioner. 

Curriculum Post Masters Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner   
Clinical Core Courses  
NURS 617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
NURS 618 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credit hours
NURS 622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  Total Clinical Hours 9 credit hours
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Specialty Courses  
NURS 674 Management of Acutely Ill Adults I 5 credit hours
NURS 675 Management of Acutely Ill Adults II 5 credit hours
NURS 676 Management of Acutely Ill Adults Practicum 5 credit hours
  Total Specialty Hours 15 credit hours

Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing a distance learning degree at USI? Check your availability.

The MSN and Post MSN online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in MSN coursework. The exception to this is active military status.

Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a Plan of Study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals.

Fall and spring courses are 16 weeks in length; summer course offerings are 10 weeks long.

There are no campus visits required.

Additional information about the University may be found on our About USI website. We also welcome student visits on campus that are arranged through the USI Office of Admission.