Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner This is a Track

College : Nursing Degree :MSN
Department : Nursing Option : Nonthesis
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This track has been suspended and is not accepting applications effective with the Fall 2018 term.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Track in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares the advanced practice nurse to care for patients with medically complex stable and unstable acute, critical and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to subacute, ambulatory care, clinic and home care environments. The program provides a spectrum of care from disease prevention to acute and critical care management.


The MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 46 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 660 clinical practice hours. The program prepares nurses at the entry-level for advanced practice for the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis; and provides analytic, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations.
Total Credit Hours Required:
46 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisite Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—42 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—22 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6210 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6230L Diagnostics and Skills for the Critically Ill (1 credit, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6211 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6211L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6175 Critical Care Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6212 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6212L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6215L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below "B" in any course will be reviewed by the MSN/DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below "B" are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.   

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.

Independent Learning

An independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 (completed in the final semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the student's MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution by program start date.*
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida by program start date. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role
    • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue of problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issues or solve that problem    
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

*For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at  or 407-823-2744 for additional options. 

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a MSN adviser to discuss your goals for masters study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for master-level preparation for advanced nursing practice. 

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer

Application Deadlines

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.