The DNP-Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP-AGACNP) concentration
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. Cohort locations are on our Augusta
and Athens campuses.
Committed to addressing the health care needs of adults who are acutely and critically
ill, this program is designed to prepare nurses to provide the “5 Cs”: coordinated
care, collaborative care, comprehensive care, consistent care, and cost-effective
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Fall 2022 admission deadline is June 15, 2022.
Spring 2023 admission deadline is October 15, 2022.
*If you are interested in the DNP/AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, or PNP, be aware that you must reside in either Georgia or South Carolina to attend the program due to the clinical requirements and need for instructors to
visit you, your preceptor, and clinical site.
Spring DNP admission is only available to graduates of AU's CNL program.
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The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based
practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse
to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care.
This program prepares students to meet the eligibility requirements of the certification
exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Association
of Critical Care Nurses after graduation.
Curriculum (full-time) Curriculum (part-time)
- Hybrid of online and offline learning
- Attend full time or part time (and work while you attend school)
- Interactive web-based classes taught by experienced online instructors
- Capstone/practice project completed in your area of expertise
- Opportunity to study with faculty who are practice experts
- Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrates and applies nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice
in complex, evolving healthcare systems
- Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
- Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
- Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyzes and facilitates the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and
improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
- Health Care Policy: Analyzes the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or
potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
- Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employs strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional
teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
- Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research
to impact health care of diverse populations.
- Professional Practice: Utilizes the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and
evaluate evidence based care within specialty.
- Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
- Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies
to influence the nature and outcomes of health care services.
- Engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional
standards of practice.
- Assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or
potential impact on nursing and health care.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of
client care situations.
- Continue to acquire knowledge and skills required to maintain and enhance advanced