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Master of Science: Nursing (MSN) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Emphasis

Through the Master of Science: Nursing (MSN) Program with Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Emphasis at UNC, you are prepared for advanced clinical practice as an AGACNP.  The AGACNP emphasis teaches health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and coordination of care of acutely and critically ill adolescents, adults, and older adults across transitions of care with a focus on the rural environment.  A primary focus of this specialized acute care role is to improve transitions of care and help prevent hospital readmissions.

You can continue your current BSN career while attending this graduate program, due to the asynchronous ("not at the same time") online delivery format the majority of the year.  There are two summer intensive sessions in Greeley, CO, during the program.  Practicums are planned in your regional area with existing clinical partners.

Applications are due February 1st for the Fall start. Late applications are accepted, however admission priority is given to those meeting the above deadline. You may contact the School of Nursing to see if applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Fall term. Admission is competitive.

State Eligibility

At this time, the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept applications for admission to online courses or programs from these specific states.


Following graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national APN certification credentials that are specific to Adult-Gerontology Acute Care:

Graduates can also apply for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse (APN/APRN) in adult-gerontology acute care.


The UNC MSN AGACNP emphasis program is brought to students mostly online through UNC Extended Campus.  Visit their website for additional details about tuition, course descriptions, eligibility, and admissions requirements.


For advising and other questions about the MSN AGACNP emphasis program, please contact Mellany Archer, Graduate Program Management Specialist at mellany.archer@unco.edu or 970-351-2234.