Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Expand your scope of practice. Elevate your nursing career. 

Are you passionate about improving health outcomes for patients with acute and chronic health conditions? A doctor of nursing practice (DNP) specializing in adult-gerontology and acute care may be the perfect fit for you. At

Mary Baldwin University, we offer an exceptional AGACNP program designed to equip nurses with the expert knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to young adults, older adults, and geriatric patients.

Time to finish
24-36 months
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Why Earn Your Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Degree at Mary Baldwin?

Mary Baldwin’s AGACNP program prepares nurses to provide compassionate, collaborative, and time-sensitive care throughout diverse healthcare settings. As an AGACNP, you will play a vital role in meeting the complex needs of patients across the lifespan. From disease prevention to acute care management, AGACNPs are trained to provide a spectrum of medical treatment. 

What is an acute care nurse practitioner? 

Acute care nurse practitioners are nurses who specialize in developing multifaceted treatment plans, preventing complications, and providing care through acute and often chronic medical conditions. In addition to clinical practice, AGACNPs also contribute to administrative, teaching, and research aspects of healthcare. 

Our program prepares you with essential skills and knowledge to excel in your role, including:

  • Caring for young adults, older adults, and geriatric patients.
  • Working in intensive care, trauma, acute care units, specialty clinics, or long-term care facilities.
  • Monitoring and providing multifaceted treatment plans.
  • Preventing future complications while improving patient health.
  • Contributing administrative, teaching, and research components of advanced nursing practice.

Part of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, this degree program is built on the strength of a dynamic, interprofessional learning community. You’ll complete your theory-based classes online and participate in labs and simulations on campus or at partner facilities.

Benefits of earning your DNP at Mary Baldwin include: 

  • Flexible format
  • Convenient schedule
  • Learn with other working nurses

Unique student support

The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.

Curriculum and Courses 

A doctorate-level nursing program builds on existing clinical skills with a curriculum that focuses on patient outcomes, evidence-based care, and healthcare policy. A DNP not only prepares you to provide primary care, but is also a great path toward leadership, research, and educator positions. The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is the highest academic credential in the nursing field and prepares you for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (AGACNP) program is divided up over the course of 8 semesters for a total of 80 credits. 

Meaningful Career Opportunities

In addition to providing primary and specialized care, a doctor of nursing practice can lead to leadership positions within healthcare organizations such as:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Director of nursing
  • Nursing operations manager
  • Program director
  • Clinical nurse leader

Accreditation Information 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Mary Baldwin University is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL  60018-5603, phone: 224-275-9130, website address:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesiology programs at Mary Baldwin University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Cost & Financial Aid

Let’s look at the cost of a DNP at MBU, and some of the ways we work with you to make your education affordable for you and your family.