Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

agacnp ranking If you like the idea of handling complex patient situations involving intricate therapies in a fast-paced setting, the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program (AGACNP) is for you. As an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, you will provide care to adults, including older adults, both in the hospital and in clinics. You will provide complex monitoring, order and interpret diagnostic tests and develop complex treatment plans based on current evidence-based practice to stabilize each patient and maximize their overall health. Your focus will be to manage current and ongoing problems and prevent complications.

Our Strengths

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is ranked as the #8 graduate school of nursing for its MSN and #6 for its DNP, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our AGACNP program is consistently ranked among the highest in the nation. We are next door to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. But most importantly, we are committed to the success of our students. We offer a rigorous curriculum taught by doctorally prepared faculty using a blending of traditional and innovative methods, including classroom lecture, live streaming videos, online educational activities, simulated experiences and immersive clinical training. Our students benefit from low faculty-to-student ratios and personalized attention. As a result, our students score well above the national average on the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam and are sought after by employers throughout the country.

We offer several specialization areas as part of the clinical experience for all Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students:

  • Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Endocrinology, inclu ding advanced diabetes management
  • Nephrology, including end stage renal disease
  • Oncology, including hematological and solid organ tumors
  • Pulmonology, including advanced respiratory diseases and respiratory failure
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Transplantation, including solid organ and bone marrow transplants
  • Trauma
  • Rehabilitation

All students are prepared for the full scope of practice as adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners, but we also offer an optional specialty focus area in critical care, which includes a dedicated elective and clinical experience.

Our Curriculum

Working closely with your faculty, preceptors and alongside your classmates, you will develop advanced clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills, evaluate advanced therapeutic interventions and work collaboratively with health care team members. Your curriculum will provide in-depth content about pathophysiology and management of acute and criticaly ill and clinically complex patient problems. You will learn to help both the patient and their family members achieve the highest degree of wellness possible. You will come to understand the acute, critical and chronic aspects of selected diseases, so you can anticipate and manage many complex critical and acute episodic problems.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates typically work in acute care and hospital settings such as intensive care (MICU, SICU), trauma units, sub-acute care units (step down), as well as highly specialized clinics when outpatient management is appropriate. 

Interested in learning more about the AGACNP specialty? Watch a previously-recorded webinar (April 2021), which:

  • Describes the program in detail
  • Explains the application requirements
  • Provides tips for preparing a competitive application