Carolinas HealthCare System

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

The Future is Now

Healthcare in the future will look very different from today. More care will be provided at home and in community-based clinics and offices. More procedures will occur at one-day surgery centers. Advanced clinical practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) will play a larger role in the delivery of care. A higher percentage of hospitalized patients will be acutely ill or have co-morbidities.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Degree

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is a collaborative effort of Carolinas HealthCare System and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte’s, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration offers nurses with an acute care/critical care clinical practice background the opportunity to become master's degreed nurse practitioners specializing in the care of acutely ill adults.

These advanced practice registered nurses will be prepared to function as adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNP) and eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACN cert corp) examination for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners.

See more information about our admissions and degree requirements.

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners provide evidence-based care to acutely ill adults with urgent and emergent complex health issues and critically ill adults with life threatening, rapidly changing physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Upon completion, the Master of Science degree will be conferred by the School of Nursing of UNC, Charlotte’s, College of Health and Human Services. Future plans for this specialty area include a post-master’s certification option.

The program is designed to be completed in two years. Students are advised to significantly limit work schedules during that time. First year courses are offered in the afternoon/evening on the main campus of the university, with one full day a week designated for lab and clinical activities. The summer includes a two-week, skills-intensive class. Much of the second year consists of rich hospital-based precepted clinical opportunities at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte’s premier acute care facility and area’s only Level-I trauma center.

Dr. Susan Kennerly
Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Division, School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Services

Office # 420, CHHS Building

UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28223-0001

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