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Why choose the MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree?

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

You are passionate about nursing and are ready for more responsibility, promotional opportunities, and earning potential. Nurse practitioners are more in demand than ever with projected job growth of 26 percent by 2028.** Invest in your future with a degree or post-graduate certificate in AG-ACNP.

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

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

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

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. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree prepares you to serve patients with acute, critical, and/or complex chronic illnesses.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Financial aid, work-study, and scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Access to stellar academic and clinical resources and sites
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • 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


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from a CHEA recognized institution and nursing program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • An active nursing license in the state where they practice
  • Complete your application and pay $50 application fee via College website
  • Official transcripts are required from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended
  • Current resume/CV including detail of responsibilities and specific job experience
  • Three professional letters of from current or previous supervisors, prior nursing faculty, or other individuals who can address the candidate’s clinical knowledge, skill, and prospective aptitude for success within a graduate program of study. Letters may not come from direct peers or family members.
  • Personal statement (400 to 800 words) addressing the following:
    • Discuss why you want to pursue an MSN degree and your specialty of choice
    • Describe how your past and/or ongoing work experience will enhance your experience in this program
    • State your goals/plans upon completion of the degree

A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

We are affiliated with the largest health care system in Kansas City giving you access to many clinical sites. It’s the responsibility of the student to secure clinical placements and seek approval by the program director.

MSN students who wish to complete clinical rotations in a state other than Missouri or Kansas must contact the Board of Nursing and/or Board responsible for professional requirements in field requiring licensure in the state where they are completing their clinical rotations to learn and abide by the requirements and obtain special permission. Not all requests can be granted. Additional fees may apply.

A total of 49 credit hours is required to complete the program. The program can be completed at a part-time or full-time pace but continuous enrollment is required and it must be completed within seven calendar years. 

Yes, flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners.

Yes, 600 clinical hours are required.

Though the program is mostly online, you are required to complete a clinical immersion course that required four full days on campus. Flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners.

  • We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships). Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
  • We offer scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into the master’s degree program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
  • Courses must be equivalent to courses in the MSN tracks at Saint Luke’s College 
  • Consideration of transfer credit must occur as part of the admissions process and will not be considered after a student has begun the program
  • Transfer credit will be applied to the student’s graduate academic record only after 12 hours are completed at Saint Luke’s College 
  • The student must have an earned a grade in the course of B or higher to be considered for transfer

Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Minimum computer specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
  • RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
  • Wireless network card 802.11AC 
  • Headset with microphone capability required
  • Web camera required

Software applications required:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The College provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
  • Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader 
  • Submit a new online application by the deadline
  • Submit all items not submitted previously including updated transcripts

Degree Requirements

AG-ACNP Full-Time Sample Course Sequence

Master of Science in Nursing students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the prescribed credit hours for your chosen MSN track
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Repeat any course in which a grade below a B was earned. Students may repeat a course only one time. Students are allowed to repeat a maximum of two courses
Required Courses for the MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Semester I 9 Required
N502 Professional Roles, Quality and Safety for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
N565 Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease States 3
Semester II 9 Required
N515 Policy, Organization and Leadership 3
N545 Advanced Health Care Research 3
N575 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Semester III 8 Required
N520 Advanced Acute Care Immersion (4-day/30-hour On-Campus Requirement) 1
N523 Advanced Acute Care Topics 1
N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention 3
N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3
Semester IV 7 Required
N530 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
N580 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention 4
N582 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (200 Practicum Hours) 2
Semester V 9 Required
N680 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention 4
N682 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (200 Practicum Hours) 2
N696 Applied Statistics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Semester VI 6 Required
N620 Advanced Acute Care Immersion II (4-day/30-hour On-Campus Requirement) 1
N781 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention 3
N782 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (200 Practicum Hours) 2
Total Credits 48 Credits

This is a sample plan of study. The courses can vary depending on a student’s transferred credit. Please work with the MSN advisor to complete your plan of study.

Program Mission

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences graduate nursing program focuses on discovery, scholarship, leadership and practice that meets societal needs for advanced nursing practice for diverse populations in diverse settings. The graduate nursing program provides a rigorous academic curriculum with rich and varied clinical opportunities. 

Program Goals

  1. To prepare advanced practice nurses as nurse leaders who provide safe, competent care to diverse populations in primary and/or acute care settings 
  2. To prepare nurse educators as nurse leaders who facilitate learning and are competent in teaching, curriculum development, and evaluation 

Student Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to: 

  1. Incorporate scientific and theoretical concepts from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve nursing practice in a variety of settings
  2. Exhibit organizational and system leadership skills to promote ethical, safe, and high-quality patient care
  3. Contribute to improvement and safety in health care organizations using validated instruments, methods, and quality improvement measures
  4. Incorporate research to guide clinical decisions, patient education, and professional practice
  5. Use appropriate technology while engaging in care management, collaboration, education, and decision making
  6. Advocate for consumers and interprofessional health team members through policy development and implementation
  7. Collaborate effectively as an interprofessional team member or leader to facilitate care for individuals and populations in diverse of settings
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