The University of Virginia prepares Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNPs) either within the master’s program or post-master's certificate. The AGACNP is an advanced practice nurse who is prepared to manage patients in acute care, critical care and specialty care units and clinics.
AGACNPs deliver care along the continuum of critical, acute and chronic care. Emphasis is placed on providing the student with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to manage acutely ill patients through all phases of their hospitalization and clinical follow-up. Diagnostic and clinical decision-making, preparation for prescriptive authority, collaboration with physicians and managing and monitoring clinical outcomes are covered. Evidenced-based practice, teaching and clinical research are also emphasized.
The curriculum builds on both the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's prepared nurse.
Full-time students can complete the MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 21 months. In the first year, the student has didactic classes on Thursdays and Fridays (in the fall and spring). In the second year, the didactic component is on Thursday, and clinicals are generally Monday-Wednesday.
Students in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP program can pursue Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing specialty preparation. Students in this program complete two didactic courses in WOCN, as well as an additional preceptorship specifically in WOC nursing. This would enable you to sit for AWOCN certification following program completion.
BSN-to-DNP pathway: The UVA School of Nursing offers a DNP specialty track for those with BSN or Generalist MSN degrees who with to pursue the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track. You can read more about the BSN-DNP option here.
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Program Coordinator: Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP; (434) 924-0094, email@example.com
Direct all questions on admissions and financial aid to Assistant Dean Clay Hysell, (434) 924-0141, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students complete 560 clinical hours, divided evenly between GNUR 7311 and GNUR 7312. The first clinical course (GNUR 7311) is completed at the UVA Medical Center. The Medical Center adjoins the School of Nursing. UVA Medical Center, is a 590-bed, Level I trauma center with 6 adult ICUs. It provides an excellent clinical cite with a wealth of professional and technological resources. The second practicum (GNUR 7312) may be completed at another facility in Virginia with prior arrangement or the program director.
In the second practicum the individual student may focus on a specialty (ie: cardiology, ER/trauma, digestive health, nephrology, wound/ostomy/continence, neurology or neuro-surgery, general surgery, pulmonary, transplant, oncology, etc). The acute care graduate program can accommodate students interested in preparing for more than one specialty and/or preparation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). In such cases, students should expect additional clinical hours, and will receive individual faculty advisement.
At the completion of the ACNP program (MSN degree or post-master's certificate), the student is qualified to sit for the ANCC or AACN certification examination for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).
Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. To be considered for the Master's of Science in Nursing, applicants must submit a completed application and:
Note: Applicants should have at least 1 year of full-time RN experience before enrolling in the program. Experience is required for many of the classes including GNUR 6020 (Advanced Pharmacology), GNUR 6030 (Advanced Health Assessment), and the clinical practica.
Technology requirements: All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android) in addition. Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students in the summer before classes begin.
*Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional. If you want to have GRE scores sent to the University, the institutional code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than 5 years old. If you have your 'older' scores, you may submit a copy of the Student Report.
Application deadline: November 1 for fall entry
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:
For additional information on admission to and programs of study at the UVA School of Nursing, please complete the online inquiry form. You are also welcome to call the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (434) 924-0141 / (888) 283-8703.
Questions on admissions and financial aid should be directed to Clay Hysell, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, email@example.com.