Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


The Saint Luke’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN program (AGACNP) prepares you to serve patients with acute, critical, and/or complex chronic illnesses.

Become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program trains nurses to manage critical and chronic conditions in older patients. Learn to diagnose health conditions, provide quick and incisive care, and personalize plans for further treatment. All practicum hours for the AG-ACNP program will be completed in the hospital setting or emergency department.

Program Goals

We prepare advanced critical care nurse practitioners who provide safe, competent care to diverse populations in acute care settings. The acute care nurse practitioner program spotlights complex chronic disorders, acute conditions (or exacerbations of chronic conditions), and critical care concepts.

Why Choose the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program?

If​ you are passionate about nursing and are ready for more responsibility, promotional opportunities, and earning potential, this program is for you. Acute Care nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever with projected job growth of 26 percent by 2028,** with an attractive average acute care nurse practitioner salary. Invest in your future with a degree or post-graduate certificate in AG-ACNP.

  • $113,930 median salary* 
  • 26% increase need for nurse practitioners by 2028*
  • 100% job placement**

*Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 report.

**Graduate employability data provided by Saint Luke’s College 2017 survey. 

Saint Luke's™ College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University

One of the top Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs in KC

A degree from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences means you get a quality education from a proven leader with over 115+ years of nursing education experience.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Exam pass rates (92%) that far exceed the national average

  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available to those who qualify

  • Access to stellar academic and clinical resources and sites

  • Relationship with one of the largest healthcare providers in KC that helps with preceptor matching and employment after graduation

  • Nursing faculty with industry, clinical and teaching experience

  • Part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners

  • Courses offered year-round

  • Mostly online, innovative curriculum

  • Ability to transfer in up to 12 credit hours

  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

*The master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Luke’s College Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Student Outcomes

At the completion of the program, you will become an acute care nurse practitioner that will: 

  1. Earn gainful employment working with patients in need of the highest levels of care. This can include cardiac, critical care, vascular surgery, nursing home care, and pain management, among others.
  2. Incorporate scientific and theoretical concepts from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve nursing practice in a variety of settings
  3. Exhibit organizational and system leadership skills to promote ethical, safe, and high-quality patient care
  4. Contribute to improvement and safety in health care organizations using validated instruments, methods, and quality improvement measures
  5. Incorporate research to guide clinical decisions, patient education, and professional practice
  6. Use appropriate technology while engaging in care management, collaboration, education, and decision making
  7. Advocate for consumers and interprofessional health team members through policy development and implementation
  8. Collaborate effectively as an interprofessional team member or leader to facilitate care for individuals and populations in diverse settings


Get two degrees for the price of one! Rockhurst know offers a dual MSN degree track combining the FNP and AGACNP tracks. Advantages of going the dual degree track:

  • Learn how to serve a wider population of patients, ranging from children to senior citizens.
  • Build a more attractive resume for employers.
  • Still graduate in two years.
  • Avoid twice as many clinical hours

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Kansas City, MO 64111


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