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Vanderbilt University – Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program2018-09-25T17:22:28+00:00

Vanderbilt University – Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Program Overview

According to Vanderbilt University:

“If you like the idea of handling complex patient situations involving intricate therapies in a fast-paced setting, the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGACNP) is for you. As an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, you will provide care to adults, including older adults, both in the hospital and in clinics. You will provide complex monitoring, order and interpret diagnostic tests and develop complex treatment plans based on current evidence-based practice to stabilize each patient and maximize their overall health. Your focus will be to manage current and ongoing problems and prevent complications.”

At a Glance

Total credit hours 40
Tuition per credit Tuition and fees
Practicum, internship and/or on-campus intensive
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing requires 630 clinical hours for completion of the AGACNP degree.
  • Students are required to be on campus four times in the fall, three times in the spring and twice in the summer. Each on campus “block” time is approximately three to four days, depending upon specific activities planned for each block session. Block dates are posted well in advance, so students who live at a distance will be able to make travel and housing accommodations. Attendance at all on-campus “block” sessions is mandatory for full time students and all part time students who are entering their clinical year of study.
Concentrations All students take the same core content, but Vanderbilt offers two optional focus areas which are specific educational tracks including an elective and clinical experiences:

  • Hospitalist: This discipline focus area is to provide care to both critically ill and non-critically ill patients admitted in all capacities of the hospital.
  • Intensivist: This subspecialty within the AGACNP specialty focuses on providing care for critically ill patients such as those with cardiac arrest, shock, respiratory failure, multiple organ failure, sepsis, stroke, and brain injury.
Full-time/part-time/accelerated Full-time/part-time
Admission requirements According to Vanderbilt University, to be eligible for admission to the AG-ACNP program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • All applicants must submit an online application which includes a Statement of Purpose and a $50 application fee.
  • Students admitted to the School of Nursing have earned an undergraduate grade point average of at least a “B” or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. While the online application accepts unofficial transcripts, the School of Nursing requires official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • A satisfactory Graduate Record Examscore taken within 5 years of the application is required. Please have GRE scores sent to Institution Code: 1871 & Department Code: 0610. Applicants who have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are a Post-master’s certificate applicant are not required to take the GRE. Applicants who have taken the GMAT or MCAT within 5 years of application may submit those scores used in lieu of the GRE. It is recommended that MSN applicants have a verbal and quantitative score in the 50th percentile or above. It is recommended that MSN applicants have a writing score of 4.5. MSN applicants with GRE scores below the suggested minimum will be considered on an individual basis.
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference.
  • All applicants must respond to the four application questions(dual specialty applicants have five questions).
  • All applicants are required to have certain prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university. Prerequisite coursework does not need to be completed when you apply to VUSN.
  • RN applicants must have graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school and hold an unencumbered RN license. Students admitted contingent upon NCLEX–RNexamination results are subject to immediate withdrawal from courses with a clinical component if they aren’t successful on the NCLEX-RN.
  • All applicants must meet the competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing. RN applicants must be eligible to practice in the state where they will be completing their clinical practica and/or preceptorship. Non-RN applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for nursing licensure in Tennessee.