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About the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree

Why Pursue an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree at Cedarville?

Are you ready to take the next step in your career as an advanced practice nurse who leads with excellence and serves with Christian compassion? 

Cedarville's Christian MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to provide care to adolescent, adult, and elderly patients who are experiencing an acute, critical, and complex injury or illness, such as a heart attack, stroke, or traumatic brain injury. You will be equipped as a highly trained practitioners who can also treat exacerbations of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, you will shine the light of the Gospel to people in time of crisis when they need it the most.

Our affordable, accredited, and online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will equip you to use nursing as a ministry for Christ, and the biblically integrated coursework will influence the care you provide as an advanced practice nurse.

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A limited number of $3,000 scholarships are now available to new graduate nursing students with financial need. Apply now to see if you qualify!

Top 5 in Ohio

U.S. News & World Report listed Cedarville University’s online graduate nursing program in the top 100 programs nationally and top 5 in Ohio.

For more information related to our MSN degree programs, visit our Insights Blog where you can read interesting posts like Balancing Job, Family, and Grad School: 5 Principles for Christian Nurses.

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Advanced Practice

    Cedarville's M.S.N. will equip you with the training and skills you need to serve as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Online

    All M.S.N. courses are offered in an online format, with flexible part-time and full-time completion options.

Program Overview

MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

Convenient — All MSN courses are offered in an online format. Four required on-campus experiences include a Clinical Orientation prior to starting the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner clinical specialty courses and during each semester of the clinical specialty courses.

Flexible — Part-time and full-time completion options.

Outstanding Christian Faculty — You will be taught and mentored by faculty members who have both high academic credentials and clinical experience. They are passionate about helping you use nursing as a ministry.

Affordable — Cedarville’s MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program has the lowest cost of all graduate nurse practitioner programs in the state of Ohio. Financial aid, including scholarships, is also available.

What Can You Do With an MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree??

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track will train you to diagnose and treat patients experiencing acute illnesses or exacerbations of chronic illnesses. As an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), you will be able to perform physical examinations, develop clinical diagnoses, as well as order medications and treatments appropriate for the patient’s condition. You will also be able to perform a range of invasive procedures including intubation and placement of central lines and chest drainage tubes.

You will be able to find employment in practice settings such as intensive care units, medical and surgical units, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, as well as home health and long-term care. You could also practice in outpatient specialty clinics such as internal medicine, cardiology, and neurology.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will complete 800 hours of direct care clinical experience in various aspects of acute healthcare.

You will participate in four required 2–3-day on-campus experiences, which include face-to-face instruction of course materials and simulation experiences using our state-of-the-art, high- and low-fidelity simulators. As part of these simulations, faculty will guide you through clinical decision-making, gaining advanced practice nursing skills and competencies.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

MSN Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

MSN Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August, January, or May.

Program Curriculum

You will complete 12 graduate nursing core semester hours, 9 direct care core semester hours, 22 semester hours of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty courses, and 3 semester hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See curriculum guides for further description of MSN part-time and full-time completion options.

Diagram of the progression and increasing specificity of course studies in MSN as represented by a pyramid.

Sample courses:

  • Applied Scholarship in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Acute Care Concepts and Practice I, II, and III

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, PNP Area of Focus Coordinator


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