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RN-BSN-MSN - Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AIM Program)

Current RNs interested in an advanced career working with the elderly in clinical or long-term care settings could learn about assessment and care techniques in Walden University's RN-BSN-MSN (AIM) - Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Read more details about this accelerated online program here.

Official Program Name:

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated into Master's (AIM) Program - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

AIM Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Current RN licensure is required for those seeking to enroll in this accelerated program. Prospective students must also hold an hospital diploma or associate's degree in nursing and be interested in preparing for an advanced practice career working with adults and older adults. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Nursing roles in the care of acute and chronic health problems, health assessment methods, nursing trends, and nursing leadership practices are among the topics explored in advanced courses offered in Walden University's online RN-BSN-MSN AIM Program with a Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization. Students also have the opportunity to learn about healthcare regulations and policy development, nursing informatics, public health nursing theories, and healthcare delivery systems. Three of the advanced core course transfer into the MSN program; there, students can then pursue the Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization. Courses in this specialization provide studies in the care management of adults and the elderly in areas of health assessment, pharmacology, end-of-life needs, and therapeutic interventions. Students also complete a two-part advanced practice care sequence in which they examine case studies and participate in clinical experiences in hospital settings.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

226 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for an RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

Of the 181 credits needed to earn the BSN and move into the MSN program, 51 are taken in upper-level nursing courses and 50 in the bachelor's general education curriculum. The remaining 80 credits are obtained through transfer credits or completion of electives. Upon entering the MSN portion of the program, students complete 43 credits in core and specialization courses. Students may be able to transfer up to 135 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (50 credits)

  • Writing with Confidence and Purpose
  • Students select one of the following courses:
    • Stereotypes and Scandals: Exploring the Power of Mass Communication and Mass Media
    • Interpersonal Communication for Personal and Professional Success
    • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Composition for College: Principles of Reading and Writing
    • Professional Writing for Successful Communication
  • Students select a minimum of two of the following courses:
    • Fundamentals of Photographic Arts
    • Women's Literature and Social Change
    • Creative Writing: Fundamentals of Short Fiction
    • Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Poetry
    • Living and Learning in a Technological World
    • Humanities Through the Arts
    • Modern Popular Culture
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Science and Spirituality
    • World Religions
  • Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Students select one of the following courses:
    • Statistical Methods and Applications
    • Introduction to Basic Statistics
  • Students select a minimum of two of the following courses:
    • Indigenous Peoples in the Modern World
    • Microeconomics
    • World Regional Geography
    • World History 1900-1945
    • World History 1945-2000
    • U.S. History Through the Lens of Social Change
    • Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City
    • Seminar in Public Service
    • American Government and Politics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Multicultural Dimensions of Society
    • Social Responsibility
    • What's Your Problem?
  • Elective Math Course

Upper-Level Nursing Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Foundations of Nursing Research
  • Role of the Nurse - Public and Global Health
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Topics in Clinical Nursing
  • Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
  • Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
  • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology

Elective Courses and Prior Nursing Credit (80 credits)

  • Students may be awarded up to 50 credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either their diploma or associate degree program
  • Students with less than 80 transfer credits select electives from any bachelor's program offered at Walden University

MSN Core and Specialization Courses (45 credits; to be taken after students accelerates into MSN program)

  • Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Management of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology Patient
  • Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders
  • Advanced Practice Care of Adults in Acute Care Settings I
  • Advanced Practice Care of Adults in Acute Care Settings II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this accelerated MSN program could be prepared for advanced practice nursing positions; however, those interested in a teaching career at the postsecondary level or in nursing research might need to complete a doctoral degree program. A doctoral program could also prepare them for advanced administrative or policy careers in nursing. These graduates could consider:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • PhD in Nursing
  • PhD in Nursing with a specialization in Adult & Gerontology

Career Paths:

Once they have met all requirements of the RN-BSN-MSN - Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, graduates could be prepared to apply their clinical skills to the care of acutely-ill adults and the elderly. After securing the appropriate licensure and certification, they might oversee patient evaluations, therapeutic approaches, patient care quality, and drug safety and effectiveness.

Graduates could pursue nurse practitioner positions this role in such settings as:

  • Trauma centers
  • Tertiary care units
  • Intensive care units
  • Specialty care centers

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