School of Nursing
MS in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The M.S. in Nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master's students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that build on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation. Graduate students extend their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master's students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client/patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GACNP) program is designed to prepare graduates to care for adults and older adults with acute, critical, and complex health conditions. Graduates who complete this concentration are eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration is 4-6 semesters in length for students taking 9-15 credits per semester or 6-8 semesters for students taking 6-9 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 45 credits is required for completion of the A-GACNP concentration.
The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The A-GACNP concentration has a total of 568 clinical hours: 168 hours in clinical semester one, 200 hours in clinical semester two, and 200 hours in clinical semester three.
Required courses: (45 credits)
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology (required before starting clinical)
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (required before starting clinical)
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment (required before starting clinical)
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
NUR 608 Behavioral and Psychosocial Health of the Family
NUR 651 Women's Health in Advanced Practice
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project
NUR 641 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory I
NUR 642 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
NUR 643 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory II
NUR 644 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
NUR 645 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory III
NUR 646 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
Because the M.S. in Nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences and the desire to maintain a high-quality program, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. The number of students accepted varies by program (Family Nurse, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and is based on clinical cohorts. Admission to the program is highly selective. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.
Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.
- A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
- Two years of acute care experience as an RN or two years of NP experience
- Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
- An undergraduate course in introductory Statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B- or better
- An undergraduate course in total health assessment
- Test Scores: MAT or GRE taken within five years of application submission; not required for applicants with an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate) or students who have received a 3.0 or higher in their bachelors degree
- Miller Analogy Test (MAT): A score that ranks in the 45th percentile or higher for intended major
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Verbal reasoning score of 153 or higher; quantitative reasoning score of 147 or higher; and minimum of 4.0 on the analytic writing sample
- Current resumé or CV
- Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language)
- Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: April 1 for Fall admission
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
- A 500 word essay that addresses the following topics:
- Understanding of the nurse practitioner role and reasons for becoming an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science Degree
- The experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program
- Reasons for choosing USM for this program
- Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement. Recommendations should come from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with the applicant's academic or professional work, to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake graduate study and the chosen profession.
- MAT or GRE taken within five years of application submission; not required for applicants with an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate) or or students who have received a 3.0 or higher in their bachelors degree
- Evidence (photocopy) of an unencumbered registered nurse license in Maine
- Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- Official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents also can be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.