Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Mary Baldwin University’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program is an 80-credit hour BSN to DNP program offered over 8 semesters of a full-time plan of study. The AGACNP program at Mary Baldwin University is the only hybrid AGACNP program in Virginia. This hybrid content allows for online and in-person, hands-on learning during intensives. Students will come to the campus a total of 4 times during their program and utilize a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation laboratory during the learning intensives.

Become an acute care provider

At Mary Baldwin University, we will prepare nurses to be competent providers in acute healthcare environments for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care population. The program’s emphasis is to prepare future AGACNPs with advanced scientific nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve healthcare outcomes, provide safe, high-quality, evidence-based care, commit to personal integrity and provide culturally competent care. Students will complete 1400 clinical hours and 400 DNP project hours during the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for certification with either the American Association of Critical Care Nurses or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Cost and Financial Aid

MBU’s Office of Financial Aid lists DNP program tuition rates for 2021-22 and is happy to answer any questions.

In addition, $2,000 is available to support costs related to student DNP projects.

AGACNP Admission Requirements

The following criteria are considered when reviewing all graduate applications for admission:

  • Current unrestricted RN and/or an APRN license in the Commonwealth of Virginia or state participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) or be eligible for licensure in Virginia.
  • BSN from an accredited CCNE or ACEN School of Nursing.
  • All undergraduate and graduate coursework have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Personal statement (no more than 500 words) about short-term and long-term goals after completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • Official transcripts to all post-secondary educational institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references with current knowledge of professional and/or academic skills. One recommendation must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification.
  • Minimum of one year (2080 hours) of current, continuous, critical care experience* as a registered nurse within two years of application. Orientation hours do not count towards minimum hours.
  • Critical care certification (CCRN) is preferred.
  • Completion of critical care checklist with clinical supervisor signature.

*Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside the United States. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered, provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

Note: Due to the competitive nature of the admission process, applicants should understand that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Applicants will be screened, and the most qualified individuals will be invited for an interview.

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Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Mary Baldwin University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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