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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Nursing, M.S.N.

College of Nursing

Registered nurses can learn to oversee care for and provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings.

Learn to oversee care for patients with complex needs — including assessment, clinical decision making, treatment planning, and diagnostic and interventional procedures. The university’s Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning lets students experience the full scope of practice, engaging in decisions and interventions that licensed registered nurses conduct.

Program Highlights

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    Advanced Nursing

    Get certified to provide direct patient care in the high-demand field of gerontology acute care.

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    Training Immersion

    Receive hands-on clinical training in the college’s state-of-the-art simulation and experiential learning lab.

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    Convenient and Flexible

    Learn online from one of the nation’s leading programs and best online programs in graduate nursing.

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    Academic Rigor

    Get prepared by a program with a 97-100 percent American Nurses Credentialing Center pass rate for AGACNP graduates.

What You’ll Study

Through online coursework, on-campus immersion activities and clinical rotations, gain the skills to treat patients from adolescence through older adulthood and manage care from the bedside through follow-up in the community.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

  • Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

    Manage Complex Patients

    Provide expert care using advanced diagnostics and treatment modalities

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Hospitalist
  • Cardiologist
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist
  • Palliative Care and Hospice Specialist
  • Population Health Expert

Workplace Settings

  • Hospital Inpatient
  • Outpatient Private Practice
  • Long-Term Acute Care
  • Urgent Care

USC fosters a robust environment for education, mentorship, and leadership. I believe that my advisor and my professors truly value my success as a future DNP-AGACNP.

Lauren Steffen
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