Master of Science in NursingAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Why Choose Our Program?
Are you ready to take your nursing career to the next level? Jacksonville University's Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) prepares students for advanced practice roles in nursing. Our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program is designed to train advanced practice nurses to manage adults with critically complex and acute episodic illnesses experienced in both the clinical and hospital setting. Graduates will be equipped with advanced diagnostic reasoning skills to analyze, interpret, and synthesize complex concepts in patients with active and ongoing chronic illnesses.
- Is taught by experienced, board-certified acute care Nurse Practitioners
- Provides students with clinical experiences including hospital medicine, ICU, trauma, and various specialties related to the management of acutely ill patients, as well as live simulation activities
If you already have a Master of Science in Nursing, you may be interested in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate.
Virtual Information Session
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and an admissions counselor to ask questions about our curriculum and admissions process.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
About Our Program
The MSN-AGACNP full time and part time progressions begin one time per year in the fall semester, on-campus.
- NUR 510 Nursing Theory and Research I
- NUR 512 Organization, Delivery and Policy in Healthcare
- NUR 514 Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles
- NUR 516 Information Systems and Technology for Improved Healthcare
- NUR 520 Nursing Theory and Research II
- NUR 501 Advanced Health Assessment
- NUR 502 Advanced Pathophysiology
- NUR 504 Advanced Pharmacology
- NUR 553 Advanced Role Practicum
- NUR 563 Acute Care Nursing I
- NUR 566 Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills
- NUR 564 Acute Care Nursing II
- NUR 567 Advanced Acute Care Discharge Planning and Health Promotion
- NUR 568 Acute Care Nursing III
- NUR 565 Advanced Acute Care Pharmacology
Graduates are prepared for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams through American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. After successful completion of the certification exam graduates are prepared to apply for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the state of Florida.
Discover a Modern Nursing EducationImmersive Learning in Healthcare
Dive into a unique learning experience, with Jacksonville University's Keigwin School of Nursing. Students will be immersed in experiential learning utilizing virtual reality labs, telepresence robots, simulation scenarios, and research, giving them first-hand knowledge of patient care.
Immersive Learning in Healthcare
My name is Amber Santos and I am the Director of Innovation and Quality. And what that just means, is that part of my job is to bring [in] innovative active learning into our curriculum. It’s important for a nursing school to continually evolve. We can’t just do the status-quo type of learning and education that we’ve always done. We need to evolve as a school, and part of that is bringing in the technology needed for today’s students in today’s healthcare.
We’re seeing VR explode in the training industry for a lot of different reasons. We started looking at software that’s out there for the nursing program. There’s actually a surprising number of products that tailor to this type of experience, training nurses and other medical professions. Share Care U has excellent graphics that lets you go inside the human body and see different parts of anatomy and physiology, and then a few others [that] provide simulation experiences where you’re actually in the hospital next to a patient conducting procedures.
Virtual Reality is an immersive learning tool that we use, and once they put on those goggles they’re literally immersed into that environment. So, we can talk in the classroom about plaque buildup in our arteries and atrial sclerosis, but when they get into that VR world, this immersive world, they get to actually see it and they get to interact with it. [So] they can see how the blood flows through a vessel and how over time, plaque builds up. And then they can also click a box and see how a stent is placed into the vessel. So, it really just immerses them, and it provides a deeper level of learning and understanding.
My name is Melissa McCray and I am the Student Success Specialist and an assistant professor with the Keigwin School of Nursing. What helps nursing students be successful in nursing school is the use of technology; that’s really a key component. What we are seeing more and more, is very tech-savvy nursing students and that’s great because when you’re in the field of nursing, technology is being introduced every day. And so it’s important that those students are educated in our nursing programs to use some of this technology and interact with that technology. Like I can spin the lungs. Sorry, I’, geeking out a little, there are a lot of secondary benefits from the type of learning we’re providing to our students. It can be just them being a little bit more familiar with the technology, so when they see it in the healthcare setting, and they see a telepresence robot rolling down the hall of the facility they’re working in, they will already have seen that and they will understand how to interact with that and communicate. They will also understand that even though that’s a telepresence robot that could be a family member on the other end, so they still have to have that caring spirit of a nurse. And part of that is worked into our simulations so that they understand that while technology is a wonderful thing, it can never replace the impact a nurse can have. The caring part of what we do.
AdmissionsHow to Apply
- Completed JU Application
- Unofficial Transcripts from Colleges & Universities with All Nursing Coursework &
- If the candidate attended a college or university abroad, an official NACES evaluation of that transcript is required. Choose the course-by-course evaluation with the GPA option.
- A minimum 3.0 undergraduate Nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
- Graduation from a regionally accredited program and CCNE, NLN, or ACEN accredited program
- Resume or CV (if applying to a Nurse Practitioner track)
- Statement of Intent
- Virtual Interview
- Active U.S. Nursing License
- Out-of-state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida
- International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida.
- The following may be requested of students with a GPA of 3.0 or below
- GRE/GMAT scores
- Letters of Recommendation
- All international students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of their proficiency in English, by providing scores for either: IELTS or TOEFL. If submitting score reports, they must be sent directly to Jacksonville University from the testing institutions.