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College of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner Student

Master's Programs

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares registered nurses to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner exam administered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Our graduates are employed in a variety of acute care settings ranging from hospitalist inpatient care, critical care, trauma, cardiology, pulmonary, nephrology, gastroenterology and surgery.


The MSN AGACNP program is a total of 44 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and all didactic coursework is online, distance format.

1st semester 
  • NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing 
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management 
2nd semester
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses 
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis 
3rd semester
  • NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
4th semester
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research
5th semester
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
  • NURS 772 - Introduction of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems
6th semester
  • NURS 786 - Management of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems I*
7th semester
  • NURS 787 - Management of Acute Care Adult and Gerontological Health Problems II+* 
8th semester
  • NURS 778 - Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)
  • NURS 778A - Practicum of Advanced Practice Role: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP)*

+On campus immersion
*Course requires clinical hours (672 total clincial hours required)

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Science grades will be strongly considered
  • Minimum of 1-year full time equivalent nursing experience (1800 hours) within the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience in an acute care setting (ICU, critical care, medical/surgical or emergency department).
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Current CV or Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification
  • GRE not required

The MSN AGACNP program accepts students for Summer and Fall entry. Applications are accepted August 1 – November 1 for Summer entry and November 1 - March 1 for Fall entry. Our online application is available at

Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions about the MSN AGACNP Program?
Call us at 803-777-7412, email or stop by our office:

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208