About Us


The program will produce local, national, and international clinical experts, scholars, and leaders in the AGACNP role.


The mission of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is to prepare life-long learners, scholars, and motivated advanced practice nursing professionals to deliver autonomous, cost-effective, high quality, safe, efficient, effective, and timely care for young adult (including the adolescent), adult, and geriatric populations with complex acute and chronic conditions.


Subscribing to the LSUHNO School of Nursing philosophy for the nursing profession and the core values guiding our teaching, the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP) faculty also believe:

  • The learner is best served with:
    • Expert faculty as models demonstrating professionalism, self-actualization, ethical dilemma resolution, skilled communication, and integrity to facilitate the formation of professional attitudes, emotional intelligence, and effective interprofessional collaboration.
    • Organized learning material from simple to complex to facilitate learning acquisition;
    • Innovative learning environments to facilitate mastery of skills; and
    • Wealthy, diverse, immersive learning experiences to have the most impact upon all domains of learning.
  • The young adult, adult, or geriatric patient within specialty, acute, or critical care settings is:
    • Complex and diverse deserving equal opportunity for culturally sensitive, autonomous, and patient-centered healthcare;
    • An individual living among diverse examples of a family; and could be seeking care from an underserved area or disadvantaged background.
  • The AG ACNP must first and foremost remain a patient advocate during the complex care of acute and critically ill adult populations by:
    • Maintaining a sense of social responsibility towards the population served and greater community-at-large evidenced by:
      • Serving as a nursing leader, nursing scholar, and specialty expert in adult-gerontology populations within specialty, acute, or critical care settings.
      • Supporting healthcare policies that support the forward movement and evolution of the nursing profession.
    • Maintaining a sense of professional responsibility towards the nursing profession by joining professional organizations and supporting their efforts at the local, state, and national levels.