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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration is for BSN-prepared registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced nursing roles focusing on caring for acute, critically ill and injured patients. 

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program uniquely prepares students to assume the complex and evolving professional roles of independent practitioners in intensive care units and other acute care environments. 

Clinical experiences are pre-arranged by faculty and emphasize gaining competence as a practitioner in the critical care environment, with additional focus on urgent care and diabetes management at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Students also become proficient in invasive procedures and skills commonly utilized in acute and critical care, as well as in the business aspect of nurse practitioner practice. They work side by side an experienced group of acute care nurse practitioners, other advanced practice nurses, and Washington University critical care and emergency medicine physicians.

A post-master’s adult acute care nurse practitioner certificate is also available for students with previous nursing master’s degrees.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification exam to become certified in the field.


Program Length:

27 months

Admissions Deadline:
March 1st, each year

Term Start:
Summer (post-BSN); Fall (post-MSN)