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Graduate Catalog | 2021-2022 
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Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N.

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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.

Admission Requirements

  • Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina
  • BSN degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body; 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. 

Degree Requirements

The program requires completion of 47 credit hours in approved courses including:


* Clinical Courses require 60 hours practice for each credit hour.  Clinical courses may require travel to clinical sites outside Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner student
  • Faculty advising

Degree Total = 47 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0.  Additionally, In order to progress in the concentration, a grade of B or above is required in NURS 6220 , NURS 6230 , NURS 6274 , and NURS 6430 .

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