Master of Science in Nursing (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)


A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a specific population focus.  These include family, adult-gerontology (primary or acute care), neonatal, pediatrics (primary or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric-mental health populations.  Texas Woman’s University offers programs for family, adult-gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric (primary care), women’s health, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner tracks. 

The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practitioner provides initial, ongoing, and comprehensive care, which includes taking comprehensive histories, providing physical examinations and other health assessments and screening activities, and diagnosing, treating, and managing patients with acute and chronic illnesses and diseases within a specialty or inpatient setting. One year of Critical Care or Intensive Care Unit experience is required prior to admission to this program.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning in the care setting.
  2. ​Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system.
  3. ​Design innovative nursing practices.
  4. ​Translate evidence into nursing practice.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

45 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5643Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5073Evidence-Based Practice for the Promotion of Quality Outcomes3
NURS 5093Theoretical Foundations and the Advanced Nursing Role3
NURS 5133Health Policy and Health Care Delivery for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs18
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
NURS 5012Foundational Concepts for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner2
NURS 5193Principles of Management, Diagnostics, and Procedural Interventions for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 5103Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Evaluation and Management of the Acutely Ill: I3
NURS 5173Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum I3
NURS 5153Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Evaluation and Management of the Acutely Ill: II3
NURS 5055Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II5
NURS 5163Synthesis and Transition to Professional Practice for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner3
NURS 5065Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum III5
Total SCHs27

Special Requirements

All tracks are approved for Distance Education.

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved in all required courses. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) in two required courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) twice in the same graduate-level required course will be removed from the nursing program. A student who does not maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be dismissed from the nursing program. For the purpose of removal from the nursing program, a grade of less than B is counted as a grade of less than B even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  2. Students admitted to the master’s program provisionally, based on low GPA, must complete the first 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses with grades of B or better in each course; at least 9 semester credit hours must be in nursing courses. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of C or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.
  3. Graduate students have six years to complete the MSN program.

Time Limit

Semester credit hours older than six years, including transfer courses, cannot apply toward the master’s degree or post-master's certificate completion.

Final Examination

Oral examination of the completed professional or clinical project (subject to change).