DNP-Adult Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Programs

The Augusta University College of Nursing offers the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Adult Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) program in the state of Georgia!

The DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care APN program offers education to become board-eligible as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).  This concentration prepares nurses to provide advanced patient-family centered care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan.  Full-time and part-time schedules are available.

Committed to addressing the healthcare needs in acute and critical care settings, this program is designed to prepare nurses to provide the “5 Cs”: coordinated care, collaborative care, comprehensive care, consistent care, and cost-effective care.

Research has demonstrated that acute care advanced practice nurses provide quality care, decrease length of stay and improve patient and family satisfaction.

Course of Study

Students take core courses covering evidence-based and scholarly-based approaches to meet Adult Geriatric Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Competencies and Doctor of Nursing Practice Competencies. Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the complex health care needs of vulnerable and acute and/or chronically ill patients and their families.

Program Goals

The goals of the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Programs are to prepare graduates to:

  • Increase health equality and improve acute care health outcomes
  • Manage complex patient care in acute or chronic practice settings
  • Increase faculty workforce through the PACE program

Program Options

The DNP-Adult Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing program educates nurses to become board-eligible as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).  The programs is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught on-line.  Cohort locations are on our Augusta and Athens campus.  Clinical rotations are typically completed within Georgia.

Prospective students for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care APN programs are considered on an individual basis requiring careful evaluation of their transcripts and clinical backgrounds to determine specific content and courses needed to reach their professional goals.

Scholarship and Educational Opportunities

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Deadline : Fall 2017 entry deadline: extended to May 1, 2017

Spring 2018 entry deadline (Augusta University MSN-CNL alumni only; part-time study only): extended to May 1, 2017 

Complete applications fully processed into the system by the application deadline will receive consideration priority.  All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.  Supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

Applicants are encouraged to check the status of their application regularly to ensure documents requested and/or sent have been processed into the system.

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Marguerite Murphy, DNP, RN
Program Director

Beth McLear, DNP, AGACNP, FNP,  RN
AGACNP Track Coordinator

Karen Sturgill, MPA
Program Manager 2

(T) 706.721.3676


For additional information
about the DNP degree, visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website or view the DNP Essentials document.