Prepare for Advanced Practice Clinical Roles

In this exceptional Master of Science in Nursing program, you’ll develop specialized expertise for advanced clinical practice as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). The program is specifically designed for working RNs, with a flexible part-time schedule that lets you keep working full-time while you earn your degree.

Why choose UNC for your nursing master’s degree? You’ll get superior instruction in our master’s program, building close relationships with expert faculty who excel as clinical practitioners, classroom instructors and professional mentors. UNC’s master’s of science nursing degree is particularly strong in the area of evidence-based practice. The program includes extensive practicum experience, providing you with more than 500 hours of supervised instruction in clinical settings. You’ll graduate with the preparation you need to earn an Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) credential, along with the ability to apply for national certification as an AGACNP-BC or ACNPC-AG.

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M.S. in Nursing with AGACNP Emphasis

Specifically designed for licensed RNs with full-time jobs, this three-year master’s degree program is built around online courses that fit into your work schedule. You’ll study health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and coordination of care in critically ill patients, with a focus on rural populations. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply for national certification from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Your Future in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practice

The AGACNP master’s degree in nursing prepares you to meet the rapidly growing demand for advance nurse practitioners. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of more than 50,000 jobs by 2025, placing APNs among the fastest-growing professions in the nation. You’ll gain specialized preparation that enables you to stay current with new developments in the profession, including advanced practice skills, management and coordination of care. The degree empowers you to take on new professional challenges, including leadership and advanced patient care positions.

Consider UNC’s AGACNP master’s program if you want to:

  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Provide outstanding patient care
  • Work with diverse populations
  • Advance your career as an Advanced Practice Nurse

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced standards of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Care management of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults, and older adults
  • Critical thinking and communication
  • Teamwork and interprofessional collaboration
  • Coordination across transitions of care

Sample courses:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Acute Care Skills
  • Policy, Leadership, and Nursing
  • Research- and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Foundations in Public Health for Advanced Practice Nursing

Where can your degree take you?

Advanced Treatment

Advanced treatment of acute and critically ill patients

Leadership and Advanced Patient Care

Leadership and advanced patient care roles in nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Continued education in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

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