Nursing (MSN-AGACNP), Master of Science Degree - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Program Location
Distance Education/Online
Program Credits
50 Credits
Program Length

4 Trimesters, 64 Instructional Weeks or

8 Trimesters, 128 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete
16 Months or 32 Months

Program length may vary. WCU distance education programs may not be available to residents in all states.   

Clinical Hour Requirement:  this track requires a total of 500 precepted clinical hours.  

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1170.00


College of Nursing Mission:

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Purpose:

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) is a Registered Nurse educated at the Master's level as a nurse practitioner. The focus for the AGACNP is to provide a full range of holistic care and support to adult and gerontology patients with complex and acute conditions. The AGACNP is educated to provide high quality, continual and comprehensive care by providing preventive health services, patient education, and acute care management. The AGACNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual needs. The AGACNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity, and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. AGACNP delivers care that may include specialty clinics, health maintenance organizations, Veteran's Administration facilities, emergency rooms, intensive care units, and nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities.

AG ACNP Accreditation & Approvals Disclosure

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner coursework is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 877-6791.  

MSN-APRN Curriculum-Online

A student in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at West Coast University participates in two (2) On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends. The OSI brings students to campus to learn, practice and demonstrate essential hands-on skills and competencies needed by nurse practitioners.  

MSN Core

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice


NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare


NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare


NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning


NURS 540Research Utilization


NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Total Credit Hours:18

APRN Core (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN


NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN


NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN


NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse


NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I


NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II


NURS 691ACulminating Experience I


NURS 691BCulminating Experience II


NURS 696Acute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory I


NURS 696LAcute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I


NURS 697Acute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory II


NURS 697LAcute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II


Total Credit Hours:32.0

Total Credit Hours: 50.0

Total Credit Hours: 50.0

Program Credit Distribution

MSN with Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track


Core Nursing Semester Credits:



APRN Track Semester Credits:



Total Program Semester Credits:



MSN with Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track Program Costs

For program costs, please see the Graduate Tuition and Fees section.