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If you’re an active, advanced practice nurse practitioner looking to bolster your clinical competencies, you can expand your scope of practice through Rockhurst University’s Online AGACNP Post-Master’s Certificate. Our program will allow you to:
Guided by Jesuit values, Rockhurst University prepares adult-gerontology acute care advanced practice nurses to care for the needs of the whole person through rigorous academics, rich and varied clinical experiences, and a spirit of inquiry and reflection.
Learn why Lori Walters, MSN, was motivated to help others and pay forward the compassionate care of nurses in her life. A graduate of two MSN programs with dual certifications as an AGACNP and FNP, she chose Rockhurst University to enrich her nursing career and become a nurse practitioner.
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This course is designed to provide acute care nurse practitioner students the knowledge of a variety of topics commonly encountered in the acute care setting. The students will increase their knowledge of advanced pharmacologic management, advanced pathophysiology, and diagnostic testing interpretation of hospitalized and critically-ill patients, while applying advanced knowledge gained through previous or concurrent coursework. (1 credit) Prerequisites or Concurrent: NUR 5650, NUR 5750, NUR 5950
In this course, general and advanced principles of pharmacology, including selected pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, are addressed. Students investigate alternative and complementary therapeutics. Students apply knowledge of pharmaceutical principles to select the most appropriate medication using evidence-based medicine. (3 credits)
This course provides didactic content to prepare the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) to provide care to the late adolescent through the geriatric populations experiencing common health problems in one or more body systems. The didactic content addresses comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with common acute and chronic health problems. The AGACNP student will focus on the appropriate assessment, risk factors, diagnostic tests, management, prevention, and follow-up care consistent with evidence-based practice guidelines. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course. (4 credits) Prerequisites: NUR 5650, NUR 5750, NUR 5950, NUR 5200, NUR 5230
This final course concludes the didactic content necessary to prepare the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) to provide complex acute care to the late adolescent through the geriatric populations experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. The didactic content addresses comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with complex acute, complex chronic, acute exacerbations of chronic illness, and critical health problems. The AG-ACNP student will focus on the appropriate assessment, risk factors, diagnostic tests, management, prevention, and follow-up care consistent with evidence-based practice guidelines. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course. (3 credits) Prerequisites: NUR 6800, NUR 6820
The Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Rockhurst University and Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
You will learn from active clinicians who bring real-world experience into the online classroom. As trusted Rockhurst faculty members, they are committed to your success as an advanced practice nurse.
Yes. Clinical placement services are built into the cost of the program. A dedicated Rockhurst placement coordinator will identify an appropriate site and preceptor within a reasonable driving distance from where you live.
This online program can be completed in 4 semesters or more, depending on evaluation of your MSN courses.
The Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program requires 20 credits of coursework and 750 clinical hours to graduate.*
*may vary depending on evaluation of your MSN courses
Our Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program costs $734.69 per credit hour, for a total program investment of $14,693.80, plus fees ($78.30/credit hour).* Financial aid may be available to our online students.
*may vary depending on evaluation of your MSN courses
In addition to one virtual immersion, Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate students will attend one clinical immersion on the Rockhurst campus in Kansas City, Missouri, for three days of clinical instruction in the new, state-of-the-art simulation lab and renovated nursing facilities. In these immersive clinical experiences, students will receive hands-on skills training, complete high- and low-fidelity simulation, and demonstrate competencies through objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
Following the clinical immersion, students will return home and continue their online coursework. Additionally, they will complete the rest of their clinical hours at a predetermined site under the direct supervision of a licensed preceptor and the indirect supervision of a Rockhurst clinical faculty supervisor.
92% First-time certification exam
pass rates that exceed national average
100% online coursework
plus campus immersion(s)
52% Projected NP job growth by 2030
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