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Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Blended)

For nurses looking for expertise in acute care, Loyola Nursing's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGACCNS) track prepares you for the next level of leadership. 

By enrolling in Loyola's AGACCNS track, you will learn the advanced skills to care for adults in increasingly complex acute and critical care settings. Our curriculum focuses on three spheres of impact: patient care, nursing personnel, and the health care system. As a graduate, you will possess the core competencies to practice as a CNS for acute and critically ill adult patients in a variety of inpatients settings, including direct care, consultation, systems leadership, collaboration, research, ethical decision-making, and advocacy. 

Loyola University Chicago is one of only a few universities in the country to offer an online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS program. Our hybrid approach includes online and in-person courses, including Immersion weekends at Loyola's Health Sciences Campus. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.