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DNP Acute Care

Walsh University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice/Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP-ACACNP) program allows students to expand their scope of practice to meet the health care needs of the acutely ill adult and elderly patients. Graduates of the BSN-DNP-AGACNP program are prepared to practice at the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a focus on patient care within complex acute health care environments. Integration of scientific knowledge grounded in evidenced-based practice, systems leadership, quality improvement, ethics, health care policy and advocacy, and effective use of health care technology and data management equip graduates of the BSN-DNP-AGACNP program to take leadership roles within health care systems.

  • Online coursework with scheduled on campus requirements.
  • Learn from faculty who are current in AGACNP practice
  • Advanced simulation lab for hands-on ultrasound guided experience in acute care procedures. Simulation exercises conducted with high fidelity mannequins.
  • Opportunity for clinical elective in a medical or surgical subspecialty
  • DNP Project with a focus on quality improvement and utilization of current research and evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for the acutely ill patient


  • Experienced faculty and small classes assure individual attention and encourage active participation.
  • Online format makes it convenient for students throughout Ohio and beyond.
  • A focus on clinical practice provides our students with critical hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings, all while maintaining a grounding in Judeo-Christian values. 

In many institutions, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Mid-Wives, and Certified Nurse Anesthetists, are prepared in master's-degree programs that often carry a credit load equivalent to doctoral degrees in the other health professions. AACN's position statement calls for educating APRNs and nurses seeking top systems/organizational roles in DNP programs.

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