Master’s Degree

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

As an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP), you'll provide advanced healthcare services to critically ill and unstable patients in the adult-gerontology population (12 years or older).

critical aute care nurse reads ICU monitor

Program Overview

In our adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) master’s program, you’ll partner with experienced nursing professionals to develop the skills to provide advanced health care services to patients with acute health needs.

Our expert, full-time faculty will guide you through rigorous academics and connect you with clinical practica in medical and surgical ICUs, trauma units, and hospitalist rotations that align with your personal and professional goals.

The master's degree program in nursing at Widener University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Options

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Students can enroll for the program at either our Main Campus in Chester or Central Pennsylvania campus in Harrisburg.

The program can be completed either full-time or part-time with an average completion time between 18-30 months. The program is completed at the students pace within the five-year time limit post matriculation.

Students who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in a different discipline can enroll in the RN-to-MSN program to earn their master's degree.


Students who hold a MSN can pursue an Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP post-master's certificate. The School of Nursing offers a number of post-master's and post-doctoral certificates in different areas of study.

View our post-graduate certificate options


  • Complete online application.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or equivalent from an accredited ACEN or CCNE program.
  • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in a BSN program.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics/research course with a grade of C or better.
  • Two recommendations, preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees, regarding applicant’s practice and potential for graduate work in nursing.
  • Valid U.S. license as a registered nurse.
  • Satisfactory scores (550 written and 213 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Updated resume.

Admissions requirements will also eventually be available in the online course catalog.

  • August 15 - for matriculation in the fall semester
  • December 15 - for matriculation in the spring semester
  • April 15 - for matriculation in summer sessions

Program Highlights

With an MSN degree from Widener, you will advance your skills through rigorous academics and real-world experiences.

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 16th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 8th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

Best Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Best Master of Science in Nursing

Recognized as the best hybrid MSN program based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

Founders Hall, home to Widener's School of Nursing, at dusk

Top 50 in Nation

Our School of Nursing is proud to rank #46 out of more than 1,100 private institutions evaluated across the nation.  

Source: Nursing Schools Almanac


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Specialized Clinical & Diverse Experience

Gain clinical experience in various specialties at the region’s top health care facilities and systems. Acute care is provided in a number of settings. Our program introduces you to different setting options through diverse clinical experiences at the region’s renowned health care facilities and systems.

On campus, you’ll have access to practice your skills in real-world scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation and testing center.

Graduate Student Learning Online

Course Flexibility

Our flexible hybrid course delivery system makes it possible for you to fit this program into your busy professional and personal life. This hybrid approach offers a blend of in-person and online classes at our Main Campus in Chester and Harrisburg.

Nursing Mentorship in Sim Lab

Faculty Mentorship

Thrive in a learning community that is guided by expert faculty with close mentorship and one-on-one support. You'll complete courses led by clinically active professors and build a network that will follow you long after graduation.


At Widener, our nursing faculty aren't just teaching the courses but are creating the science of nursing education.

Clinical Assistant Professor

"My goal is for students to challenge themselves to become life-long learners who contribute new knowledge to this wonderful profession. Both novice and experienced nurses should take risks to seek out new learning experiences that ignite their passion for nursing and drive them toward improving outcomes for their clients."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

You will graduate with the expertise you need to provide care as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Acute care practitioner
  • Nurse leader
  • Nurse educator

Avg. Salary


Annual salary of an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Industry Growth

Employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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