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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

These courses of study are designed for nurses looking to advance their education to practice and excel in adult intensive care, acute care, and trauma units to help patients in urgent need.

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Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Tracks

<p>Work in acute and/or intensive care with a diverse array of doctors and patients.</p>

Work in acute and/or intensive care with a diverse array of doctors and patients.

<p>Training in telehealth, special populations, and new trends in healthcare</p>

Training in telehealth, special populations, and new trends in healthcare

<p>Multiple starts throughout the year, flexible online classes including mobile-accessible learning, and accelerated and working professional program pacing options</p>

Multiple starts throughout the year, flexible online classes including mobile-accessible learning, and accelerated and working professional program pacing options

<p>Flexibility of study with a mix of online and on-site learning.</p>

Flexibility of study with a mix of online and on-site learning.

Why an AGACNP Track?

Acute care requires a particular passion to respond when the need requires an equally steady heart and hand. At WCU, our online AGACNP is set up to help prepare you to be present and prepared for the unexpected.

The AGACNP tracks are designed to help you develop the skills needed in acute care and trauma units. In addition to online coursework as well as clinical experience on the ground, your West Coast University education will include a forward-thinking approach that anticipates new technologies and practices that will provide a future-focused approach to your education and practice.

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

A WCU AGACNP education helps prepare you to provide urgent and traumatic care to adults of all ages. At WCU, we offer multiple programs with an AGACNP track.

Additional Information about the AGACNP specialty

With our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks, you will:

  • Help prepare you to provide acute care for adults of all ages, from younger adults to geriatric patients
  • Engage with faculty members who are experienced nursing professionals, active in relevant clinical practice, and nationally board-certified
  • Complete on-site intensives at our campus for hands-on experience*
  • Gain experience through clinical placements
  • Be matched with a AGACNP faculty mentor
  • Be eligible to sit for the national board certification upon completing the program
  • Receive 24-hour access to library and courses
  • Receive help obtaining your transcripts and any eligible transferable credits

* Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California. Students enrolled through the Texas campus must complete them in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation.

AGACNP Curriculum Information

Our curricula are aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Here’s a preview of the number of credits needed, and the number of months your degree will take depending on whether you choose the accelerated or working professional pace. We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect.

RN-MSN AGACNP

MSN AGACNP

Post-Masters AGACNP

 

 

Academic Calendar

New academic sessions begin, on average, and depending on programs, every eight weeks. You can review and consider an up-to-date start-to-completion schedule by degree.

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How Much Does The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track costs at West Coast University.

We offer several Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Accelerated*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 1551
Program Length (full time) 7 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
RN to MSN Core (per credit x 33 credits) $615 $523
APRN Core (per credit x 32 credits) $785 $667
  $45,415 $38,603
STRF3 $127.50 $110
Technology Fee4 $3,500 $3,500
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees5 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $50,535 $43,723
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $50,662.50 $43,833


Working Professional*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 1551
Program Length (full time) 11 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
RN to MSN Core (per credit x 33 credits) $615 $523
APRN Core (per credit x 32 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $45,415 $38,603
STRF3 $132.50 $115
Technology Fee4 $5,500 $5,500
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees5 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $52,535 $45,723
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $52,667.50 $45,838

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Includes 42 credits for unobstructed RN License, assumes 48 transfer credits for non-nursing courses, and the remaining 51 credits are required to be taken at WCU.

2 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

3 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

4 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

5 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and APRN predictor exams for APRN students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Accelerated*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 50
Program Length (full time) 4 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
MSN Core (per credit x 18 credits) $635 $540
APRN Core (per credit cost x 32 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $36,550 $31,064
STRF2 $100 $87.50
Technology Fee3 $2,000 $2,000
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $40,170 $34,684
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $40,270 $34,771.50


Working Professional*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 50
Program Length(full time) 8 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
MSN Core (per credit x 18 credits) $635 $540
APRN Core(per credit cost x 32 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $36,550 $31,064
STRF2 $105 $92.50
Technology Fee3 $4,000 $4,000
Estimated for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $42,170 $36,684
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $42,275 $36,776.50

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two hundred and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and APRN predictor exams for APRN students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Degree Type Certificate
Total Program Credits 29
Program Length (full time) 5 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate2
APRN Core (per credit x 29 credits) $785 $667
Total Tuition Cost $22,765 $19,343
STRF2 $67.50 $57.50
Technology Fee3 $2,500 $2,500
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees4 $1,620 $1,620
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $26,885 $23,463
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $26,952.50 $23,520.50

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Supplies and licensure prep fees include a WCU identification card, background check, standardized patients, supplies, equipment for onsite intensives, and APRN predictor exams for APRN students. Supplies become student purchases once issued to students. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all the supplies please contact the Bursar Office.

Support for Students Beyond Graduation

We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers, and our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance designed for our online AGACNP students and graduates.

Placement Opportunities

Our AGACNP tracks can help you develop the skills you’ll need in the next stage of your career. The healthcare competencies covered help prepare you to take on roles as an acute care nurse practitioner. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners work in a variety of settings including:

  • Physician’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Educational services
  • Offices of other health practitioners1

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

FAQs
What is a MSN AGACNP?

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) is a specialized degree that helps prepare you to provide urgent and traumatic care to adults of all ages. WCU's AGACNP program couples online coursework with hands-on clinical experience to advance your caregiving abilities.

Can I get an MSN AGACNP degree online?

WCU's MSN AGACNP program includes 100% online coursework. Some in-person practice experience is also necessary to complete your MSN AGACNP degree.

What is the difference between AGACNP and AGPCNP?

An Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) provides care for adults of all ages with critical conditions. An Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) provides general care for patients of all ages from adolescents to seniors.

How long does it take to complete the MSN AGACNP program?

WCU's online MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program has two different pacing options. The Accelerated program pace lets you earn your AGACNP degree in as few as 16 months. The Working Professional program pace allows you to earn your AGACNP degree in as little as 32 months.

Where can I work as an AGACNP?

An AGACNP can work in a variety of healthcare settings as noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These sites include physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, educational services, and offices of other health practitioners.

How does the program prepare me for today’s adult-gerontology acute healthcare needs?

All of our nursing programs deliver a student-centric, evidence-based education that includes topics relevant to an evolving healthcare environment. As an AGACNP student, you can expect in-depth learning around acute-care treatment. Our curricula also address telehealth, special populations, and upcoming trends in medicine.

What can I expect from clinical placements?

Our program includes clinical hours for practical experience. When it comes to finding the right facility, WCU has a dedicated clinical team to help you find a placement for clinical training that aligns with your goals.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the program?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for credit. The number of credits you are able to transfer depends on the specific program’s requirements. For example, for the RN to MSN program, you can transfer up to 90 credits.

Speak to your advisor to learn more about the transfer credit policy for your desired program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Time-to-completion will vary depending on your chosen program and pace.

  • MSN (Accelerated) – 16 Months
  • MSN (Working Professional) – 32 Months
  • RN to MSN (Accelerated) – 28 Months
  • RN to MSN (Working Professional) – 44 Months
  • Post-Master’s Certificate – 20 Months

Your admissions advisor can help you determine which pace is right for you.

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