These advanced practice registered nurses are prepared to function as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP). Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide evidence-based care to acutely ill adults with urgent and emergent complex health issues and critically ill adults with life threatening, rapidly changing physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Graduates with this concentration are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) examination for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. The AGACNP program is a full-time, campus-based program.
Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina
BSN degree from nationally accredited program; the RN-to-MSN option is not available to NP applicants
Minimum of 12 months full-time nursing practice in acute care (ICU preferred) at the time of application
Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned
Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or above
Statement of Purpose explaining the applicant’s career goal and preparation in relation to acute care nurse practitioner role and qualities making them a strong applicant (see the School of Nursing website at nursing.uncc.edu for required elements of the Statement of Purpose) (Note: Statement of Purpose should not exceed two double-spaced typed pages.)
References should be from professional colleagues and should speak to clinical knowledge and expertise and one’s ability to function as a member of the healthcare team; at least one reference from a supervisory person is preferred
ACLS certification required
GRE is not required
Interview may be required
Application is competitive. Students are admitted annually in the Fall semester. See the School of Nursing website at nursing.uncc.edu for application deadline.
The program requires completion of 47 credit hours in approved courses including: