Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Acute care nurse practitioners (NPs) care for patients struggling with acute, chronic, or critical conditions, while primary care NPs care for the daily health of their patients as well as the illnesses they contract. Our Adult Gerontology – Acute Care NP specialty prepares associate- and bachelor’s-credentialed nurses to provide advanced care to adults facing serious threats to their health. As our population continues to age, including more than 77 million baby boomers by 2034, demand for AGACNPs will continue to rise.*

AGACNPs can also play a critical role in serving on the front lines during an epidemic or pandemic helping to diagnose and treat threatening medical conditions. Currently, nurses are in short supply and high demand, and Regis is more committed than ever to help fill that void.


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What can you do with an adult gerontology – acute care nursing degree?

Adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners diagnose and treat medical conditions in adults, sometimes in collaboration with a host of other medical professionals. They may also continue to monitor the patient as they move into an outpatient facility or return home, to ensure a successful transition and complete resolution of their needs.

Where do adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners work?

Like many other medical professionals, AGACNPs can work in a number of medical facilities. These can include hospitals, private doctor’s offices, community health clinics, nursing homes, and more.

*The United States Census

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

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100% online, flexible learning environment

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Complete in as few as 28-36 months

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Qualify to sit for ANCC and AACN certification

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Our NP exam pass rates exceed the national average*

*Based on Regis 2019 online & on-campus NP exam pass rates across FNP, AGNP, PMHNP, and WHNP specializations.

Adult Gerontology – Acute Care by the Numbers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for nurse practitioners like AGACNPs in 2019 was $109,820 a year.

The BLS also reports that the employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow by 26% from 2018 to 2028.

Currently, only 3.4% of nurse practitioners are AGACNPs.*

By 2034, the number of adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. will swell to more than 77 million, accounting for nearly a quarter of the country’s total population.**

*AANP Fact Sheet
**The United States Census Bureau

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What can you do with an adult gerontology – acute care NP specialization?

Baby boomers are one of the largest generations in the United States and expected to number 77 million by 2034.* As they continue to age, we’ll need more medical professionals skilled at diagnosing and treating their specific medical needs. AGACNPs perform a variety of tasks, including:

Provide long-term evaluation/management of patients with acute and chronic health care problems, both in the hospital as well as outside the hospital setting

Write prescriptions for acutely and chronically ill patients**

Assess patient responses to drugs and other ancillary treatments

Create effective care plans based on all relevant data and test results

*The United States Census Bureau
**NPs’ authority to write prescriptions is granted on a state-by-state basis.

Where do adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners work?

Adult gerontology – acute care nurse practitioners can work in a variety of settings providing advanced care to adults experiencing critical health threats and chronic or episodic illnesses. Medical facilities that employ AGACNPs include:

Cardiac care units

Emergency rooms

Intensive care units

Nursing schools

Private practice

Specialized clinics

Acute and subacute care units

Trauma units

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“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

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