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Online Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, AG-ACNP
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Online Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, AG-ACNP

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Gain Advanced AG-ACNP Skills and Enhance Your Career

Ohio University's online MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program prepares registered nurses for the next step in their careers. You'll learn to provide comprehensive health care for adults from diverse backgrounds in acute and critical care settings.

When you graduate, you can sit for certification as an Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from one of two certifying agencies. The American Nurses Credentialing (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP).

Program Benefits

  • 750 practicum hours
  • CCNE-accredited
  • Top 50 Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs1
  • 15% scholarship available for eligible programs
  • Transfer up to nine credits
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio


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Advance Your Career in Diverse AG-ACNP Settings

Ohio University's online MSN AG-ACNP program prepares you for advanced practice nursing and national certification. With Ohio University's MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree, you can pursue roles in acute care settings such as:

  • Cardiovascular ICUs
  • Emergency departments
  • Medical/surgical ICUs
  • Specialized intervention units
  • Trauma care

Career Outlook

Potential Careers for AG-ACNP Grads

  • Nurse Practitioners (all settings)


    median annual salary2

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners


    average base salary per year3

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners


    average base salary per year4

Develop Diagnostic and Decision-Making Skills for AG-ACNPs

15-week Classes | 11 Courses

In Ohio University's online MSN AG-ACNP program, you'll practice crucial skills as you prepare for certification. Coursework consists of both didactic and practice-based clinical performance courses. The didactic courses present nursing knowledge, theoretical concepts, models and research. The practice-based courses provide opportunities for you to apply your knowledge.

Online MSN AG-ACNP Course Highlights:

  • NRSE 7210 Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing Practice
  • NRSE 7230 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners (pre-clinical OCI)
  • NRSE 7818 Diagnostic Reasoning

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Online MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Transfer up to 9 eligible credits | No GRE/GMAT required

The OHIO online MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program prepares registered nurses to provide direct patient management and patient care in acute and complex settings at the advanced practice level. With a focus on evidence-based practice and interprofessional collaboration, this degree opens doors to a rewarding and impactful career.

Fall 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 07/05
  • Classes Begin: 08/26

Spring 2025:

  • Application Deadline: 11/04/24
  • Classes Begin: 01/13/25

To apply to OHIO's online degree, you will need:

  • Online application: Apply Now
  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 calculated across all undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation. A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the master's level. At least one must be from an APRN or RN.
  • Resume or CV
  • Proof of residence and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure. View a list of approved states
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years of full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years
  • Pre-clinical requirements:
    • Specified health status/clinical requirements (i.e., immunization status, BLS certification) per the current Graduate Handbook
    • Federal and state background checks free from disqualifying offenses
    • Evidence of malpractice insurance

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Tuition and Aid Details

$26,720 Total Tuition (Resident) | $668 Per Credit (Resident) | Scholarships Available

Ohio University's online MSN AG-ACNP program offers a Top 50 nursing education1 at an affordable price. You'll prepare for advanced practice nursing and national certification, helping you enhance patient outcomes and advance your career.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Tuition Details

  • Accreditation

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

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

The CCNE-accredited online MSN Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program prepares students to focus on managing common adult health problems. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification exam for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AG-ACNPs).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical judgment, clinical reasoning and innovative evidence-based education and practice.
  2. Incorporate evidence-based practice in the delivery of person-centered care to enhance health outcomes and improve health systems.
  3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to select and apply principles of population health and advocacy strategies that optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and populations.
  4. Integrate and evaluate evidence-based practice to inform and promote advanced clinical practice.
  5. Analyze and apply quality improvement strategies to create a culture of safe, professional nursing practice that optimizes health and protects all.
  6. Apply leadership skills as a member of the interprofessional team to optimize the health of individuals, families and populations within complex health care environments.
  7. Apply evidence-based, innovative strategies based on organizational and systems policies to enhance value, access, quality and cost-effectiveness within complex health care delivery systems.
  8. Integrate information technology systems to drive decision-making, health care change and interdisciplinary communication in complex health care delivery systems.
  9. Integrate the role of the advanced practice nurse by utilizing effective professional communication and presence to promote person-centered care.
  10. Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, well-being and professional development in a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Learn From Leading Experts

Faculty who teach the online MSN AG-ACNP program are current health care professionals involved in numerous research and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations and grants.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Faculty who are connected to the nursing field and its innovations
  • Collaborations between faculty and students
  • Mentorship and individual support throughout the program

Faculty Spotlight

Mary Lou Garey,

AG-ACNP Program Track Leader, Assistant Clinical Professor, DNP, AG-ACNP, FNP

Dr. Garey is an AG-ACNP with specific research interests in mild traumatic brain injuries in the adult population, emergency care, nursing education/simulations and animal-assisted therapy.

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Mary Lou Garey

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Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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What classes will I be taking for my certificate?

Students with a current APRN License – Current APRNs who are pursuing an APRN certificate will, more than likely, progress directly into a clinical course in their first semester. This means that current APRNs should have possible preceptors and sites in mind when applying These applicants should also contact the School of Nursing at and request the clinical overview sheets and preceptor packet for their program.

If I graduate from the program, will I be licensed in my state as an APRN?

The AG-ACNP, FNP, and PMHNP degree and certificate programs at Ohio University are intended to prepare students for advanced practice nursing and national certification in those areas. State Boards of Nursing set individual standards for licensure in their state. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to Nursing programs at Ohio University contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contact information for Boards of Nursing on their site, located here:

What certification exams do students take? What is your first-time pass rate?

Our programs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the educational eligibility to meet standards for APRN certification or other professional distinctions through examination. A list of examinations and their credentialing bodies are below:

Certification Exams and Credentialing Bodies

The graduate nursing programs at Ohio University are intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the educational eligibility to meet standards for advanced practice certification or other professional distinction through examination. For the best information regarding eligibility and standards for these examinations, please visit the website for the credentialing bodies below.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGACNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (NP-C)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP):

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):

Nurse Educator

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • National League of Nursing (NLN):

Nurse Leader

  • Eligibility is dependent upon experience criteria in addition to education.
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL):
  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
How long is the program?

Most of our programs are three fifteen-week semesters in length with students taking courses in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

How many hours do I take per semester? Is this a full-time program?

The programs of study appear later in this document. Most students take 2 fifteen-week courses each semester for 5-9 total credits. Students can take fewer courses but it will take longer to complete their program. The definition of a full-time program can differ among financial aid or tuition reimbursement programs and you will want to check with that particular program’s administrator.

Is the program completely online?

The programs combine online education and in-person education. Students take their courses through an online- format and are only expected on campus for the required On-Campus Intensives. Software applications utilized in nursing classes will work on either PCs or MACs. Office 365 Pro Plus is required and is now available at no charge to Ohio University students.

What are On-Campus Intensives?

On-Campus Intensives (OCIs) are brief visits to a campus that may be required for specific instruction and assessment. These OCIs typically occur at the beginning, middle, and end of your program. The Virtual Orientation Intensive for all programs consists of a half-day virtual conference.

The On-Campus Clinical Skills Workshop associated with the first clinical course in our APRN programs is an on-campus visit to receive specific track-specific instruction and coaching in preparation for the advanced practice role.

The schedule and details for program-specific OCIs will be provided at Orientation.


  1. U.S. News & World Report. Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs. Retrieved August 16, 2023, from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from
  3. Payscale. Average Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Salary. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2023, from
  4. Payscale. Average Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Salary. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2023, from
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