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Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Managing the Critically Ill Adult Patient

Lynn Gordy
"I feel a responsibility to be a nurse leader."
Lynn Gordy , MSN '09, RN

Lynn Gordy found her perfect first nursing job in a medical/surgical intensive care unit. "My patients were very sick, and I loved taking care of them," she says. Five years later, she was ready to learn more and develop as a leader in the field.

After a cursory look at nursing programs, Gordy knew that Johns Hopkins offered the perfect choice.

“There were other acute care programs out there, but few schools offer critical care...”

Read Lynn's Story


Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track and is no longer accepting applications. Please consider the DNP Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Nurses who want to improve outcomes for acutely and critically ill adult patients will experience a vigorous academic setting and benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to manage adult patients across the continuum of acute, chronic, and critical care. With access to unparalleled Hopkins resources, clinical sites, and faculty, you will learn to develop and apply your assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills for fast-paced environments where patients are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable to complications.

The curriculum builds your knowledge of nursing theory, research, nursing informatics, statistics, ethics, and the various medical technology and life support devices required to evaluate and treat a demanding patient population.

Those who earn a master's degree for the nurse practitioner in adult-gerontological acute care:

  • Work in acute and complex care practices such as critical care, post-operative care, and intensive care units in hospitals; specialty services; and medical evacuation and transport units
  • Diagnose and treat medical conditions, develop pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic care plans, and review conditions and treatment options with adult patients
  • Provide direct patient management from admission to discharge, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team


Students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.


Program Requirements

Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

Admissions Criteria

  • Admissions Application
  • Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
  • Community service and professional commitment
  • Interview with faculty member
  • Written expression of goals
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation (or RN license from a compact state)
  • In the two years prior to beginning clinical courses applicant must complete at least one year of full-time RN experience in an acute care setting engaged in the direct care of adults within an inpatient environment (critical care, intermediate care, or medical surgical nursing unit).


Transfer of Credit

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Decisions are based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions along with the complete course syllabus.

Up to six credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Coursework must have been completed within the last five years. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for graduate credit.



Program may be completed in 16 months (4 semesters) and provides more than 500 clinical hours. To apply, you must have completed one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting prior to clinical sequence.

View Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study


Tuition and Other Costs

MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)

Billed Expenses

Tuition: $36,216 (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $1,509
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $2,6562
Health fee: $316
Total Billed Expenses: $39,688

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $12,744
Books/Supplies: $1,856
Loan fees: $146
Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
Travel Expenses: up to $3,366
Total Other Expenses: $19,462
Total Expenses: $59,150

1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 


Funding Opportunities

The Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide counseling on financing opportunities to ensure that students are able to pursue their educational goals.

The School of Nursing participates in several financial aid programs that can help to pay education expenses, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Students typically fund their studies through a combination of these sources.

Scholarships & Grants

Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.  More


Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.  More

Employment Opportunities

Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program.  More

Other Funding Sources

We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations.  More

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