Applications for Fall 2024 admission are open August 28, 2023 - April 15, 2024.

Applications verified/completed after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. 

The DNP-Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP-AGACNP) concentration offers education to become board-eligible as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). This concentration prepares nurses to provide advanced patient-family centered care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan.

Full-time and part-time schedules are available. Cohort locations are on our Augusta and Athens campuses.

Committed to addressing the health care needs of adults who are acutely and critically ill, this program is designed to prepare nurses to provide the “5 Cs”: coordinated care, collaborative care, comprehensive care, consistent care, and cost-effective care.

Augusta University College of Nursing DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates of the DNP program are eligible to seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certification as an APRN Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and licensure as an APRN. Graduates of this program may take the exam for certification as an APRN in Georgia and other states as listed on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to determine the requirements of your state or territory.    

If you are interested in the DNP/AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, or PNP, be aware that you must reside in either Georgia or South Carolina to attend the program due to the clinical requirements and need for instructors to visit you, your preceptor, and clinical site.

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Program Manager

Debbie Weaver

Concentration Coordinator      Dr. James Brinson

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Admission Requirements


Plan of Study

The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care.

*Attached Plan of Studies are Curriculums beginning in Fall 2024

Full-time Curriculum  | Part-time Curriculum

Key Features

  • Hybrid of online and offline learning
  • Attend full-time or part-time
  • Interactive web-based classes taught by experienced online instructors
  • Capstone/practice project completed in your area of expertise
  • Opportunity to study with faculty who are practice experts

Program Outcomes

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrates and applies nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyzes and facilitates the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems
  • Health Care Policy: Analyzes the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employs strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations
  • Professional Practice: Utilizes the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.
  • Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to influence the nature and outcomes of health care services.
  • Engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice
  • Assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and health care.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of client care situations
  • Continue to acquire knowledge and skills required to maintain and enhance advanced practice expertise


The College of Nursing is pleased to offer several scholarships to current undergraduate and graduate Nursing students.

The criteria for each fund is determined by the donor and is available upon inquiry. The availability of funds is variable. Students seeking financial assistance should complete an application form at the Financial Aid Office as well as provide required information specific to the scholarship to the College of Nursing.


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