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Georgetown University Online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Program2019-03-06T19:53:26+00:00

Georgetown University Online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Program

Program Overview

The online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with acute- and/or critical-care experience to provide direct patient management in acute- and complex-care settings. Graduates are empowered to implement evidence-based practice, alleviate patient and family suffering, and facilitate ethical decision-making. In support of Georgetown University’s long-standing commitment to care for the whole person — mind, body and spirit — this program fosters nursing excellence in holistic care across a patient’s adult life.

Highlights of Georgetown University’s online AG-ACNP program include:

  • 24/7 access to all required lectures, assignments and dynamic documentary videos, and the flexibility to participate and learn from any internet-connected device without relocating
  • The same academically rigorous, values-based curriculum and the same degree as on-campus students
  • Interactive, live online class sessions delivered by Georgetown University faculty, with a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1
  • A comprehensive student advising system that helps students navigate all elements of the program from matriculation through commencement
  • Clinical placements carefully selected based on each student’s specialty and location
 Total Credits  40 credits
 Full-Time/Part-Time  Part-Time
 Time to Complete  Six (6) total terms / 23 months
 On-Campus Component?  Three (3) on-campus immersions
 Clinical Hours  600-700
 GRE Required?  GRE is not required, although it may strengthen your application

Prepare to Sit for the AG-ACNP Certification Exam

Graduates of Georgetown University’s online AG-ACNP program are eligible to sit for the AG-ACNP exam for board certification and credentialing offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Georgetown University’s AG-ACNP graduates regularly achieve outstanding first-time pass rates on their exams, signifying a program that prepares RNs to provide direct patient management in acute- and complex-care settings.

Georgetown University’s AG-ACNP certification examination first-time pass rates:

 Year of Graduation  ANCC School Pass Rate  AACN School Pass Rate
 2017*  94.44%  100%
 2016  80%  100%
 2015  100%  100%
 2014  100%  100%

*The national average pass rate for the 2017 ANCC certification exam was 84.7%, and the national average pass rate for the 2017 AACN certification exam was 73%.

Online AG-ACNP Curriculum

Georgetown University’s online AG-ACNP program is designed to enhance and develop the knowledge and skills RNs need to perform the duties of an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The dynamic, self-paced online course content was developed by highly regarded Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies faculty and leading instructional designers.

The program also includes three on-campus intensives (OCIs). While on-site, students exercise and develop their skills through concentrated, rigorous practice with faculty and peers. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical training at the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center within the School of Nursing & Health Studies. This state-of-the-art simulator helps students hone their skills in a safe, supervised environment by replicating physiological conditions and symptoms as well as pharmacological responses.

Georgetown AG-ACNP sample part-time course schedule

​Semester ​Courses
Semester 1 N548 – Principles of Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4)

N518 – Health Care Ethics (2)

N469 – Anatomy for Health Care Professionals (1)

Semester 2 N544 – Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3)

N530 – Research Methods & Biostatistics for Health Care Providers (4)

Semester 3 N528 – Advanced Health Assessment (3)

N670 – Diagnostics Reasoning & Clinical Decision Making (3)

AHA OCI: Health Assessment On-Campus Intensive

Semester 4 N673 – Adult Gerontology ACNP I (4)

HESY624 – Health Policy (3)

ACNP OCI: Adult Gerontological-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Intensive

Semester 5 N540 – Research Evidence & Best Practices in Health Care (3)

N677 – Adult Gerontology ACNP II (4)

Semester 6 NURO539 – Role of the APRN (2)

N695 – Adult Gerontology ACNP III (4)

ACNP OCI: Adult Gerontological-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Intensive

Admissions Overview

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or CNL from an accredited institution
  • Hold a current U.S. registered nurse (RN) license
  • Hold a current advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certification
  • Have completed a 3-credit course in statistics with a C or better

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide or participate in the following to be considered for Georgetown University’s online AG-ACNP program:

  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Personal statement (one to two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if your native language is not English)
  • A live recorded interview

Georgetown University’s online AG-ACNP program offers several start dates throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The chart below outlines start dates and corresponding application deadlines for upcoming AG-ACNP cohorts.

About Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. Taught by highly respected faculty, the online AG-ACNP program is designed to help the next generation of nursing leaders gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance their nursing careers while maintaining their commitment to caring for individuals, families and communities, with a special emphasis on the underserved.

Using a blend of highly interactive online class sessions, social connections between peers and faculty, and real-world clinical experiences based on each student’s specialty and location, Nursing@Georgetown engages students and faculty in a personalized learning environment. The freedom to complete engaging, rigorous coursework online from across the country, combined with live, face-to-face collaborative classroom experiences with nursing leaders from the Washington, D.C., network, creates an online nursing education unlike any other.

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