Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Ranked #2 in Adult/Gero Acute Care NP by US News and World Report

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care nurse practitioner program will prepare you to function as an advanced practice nurse in adult critical care and acute care settings as well in specialty practices. The emphasis of the program is on clinical practice with acutely or critically-ill adults across the lifespan, from adolescent to older adult.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of:

  • nursing theory and research
  • critical decision-making
  • differential diagnosis
  • patient/case management and advanced technical skills.

Research has shown that AGACNPs provide quality care, decrease length of stay, and improve patient and family satisfaction. The addition of AGACNPs to the health care team improves communication and overall patient care.

Quick Facts
Program Type:





2-3.5 Years

Class size for NP & CNS:



Per credit hour

* Course work begins as part-time, then requires full-time commitment halfway through the program.

** 75% of didactic course work is delivered online. 25% of course work is offered in a weekly on campus format. Clinical practice sites are located in the Chicago area.

Career Options

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners practice in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and practice. They work in many settings including:

  • Critical care units
  • Inpatient units
  • Outpatient settings
  • Specialty practices, such as neurosurgery, cardiology, hematology, trauma and orthopedics
  • Subacute settings

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. Once you begin your program, you only pay tuition. Our pricing is unique compared to other colleges of nursing as we do not charge additional fees.

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