Rockhurst University Online NP Programs: AGACNP, FNP, and Dual-Track MSN

Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Rockhurst University offers five nurse practitioner programs with adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) specializations. There are four master of science in nursing (MSN) pathways and one post-graduate certificate. These include an MSN-FNP, an MSN-FNP second degree (for master’s-prepared nurses), an MSN-AGACNP, a dual-track MSN – FNP/AGACNP, and a post-graduate AGACNP certificate.

The FNP programs include one campus immersion and one virtual immersion to practice skills, complete simulations, and demonstrate competencies. The AGACNP and dual-track MSN programs require attendance at two campus immersions. Students also complete clinical hours at an approved location supervised by a clinical preceptor. Rockhurst University offers clinical placement services and students communicate with the placement coordinator throughout the programs to ensure all requirements are met.

Rockhurst University is a Jesuit university seeking to prepare nurses to provide ethical, compassionate care to their patients and approach their careers with a heart of service to others. The university also promotes thoughtful leadership, a desire to find God in all things, caring for the whole person, and an understanding of the inherent human dignity in all people. 

The graduate FNP programs prepare nurses to care for families with patients of all ages. FNP students study health promotion and disease prevention and diagnose and treat common illnesses. Family nurse practitioners work in various settings in primary care clinics, schools, government organizations, hospitals, and home health care.

The AGACNP programs prepare graduates to care for adults and older adults with acute and chronic conditions. These may be serious, life-threatening illnesses. AGACNPs develop treatment plans and collaborate with other health professionals to ensure continuity of care. Focusing on leadership, ethical nursing practice, and inquiry and reflection, the AGACNP programs prepare nurses for work with diverse populations in various acute care settings in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and healthcare clinics. 

Graduates of the FNP and AGACNP programs will be eligible to take the corresponding nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Graduates of the dual-track MSN program will be eligible to take both the FNP and AGACNP exams.

Rockhurst University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online NP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Rockhurst University is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

What to Expect from the Rockhurst University Online NP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN-FNP, MSN-AGACNP, and MSN dual-track programs must hold a BSN from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher plus an active RN license. Application materials include an application, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Applicants to the MSN-FNP second degree or the AGACNP post-graduate certificate programs must hold an MSN degree from an accredited institution with the same requirements as listed for the above programs.

No GRE or work experience is required although nurses typically have nursing experience upon entering the program.

State Restrictions: Rockhurst University accepts students from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Students outside of Missouri should inquire with the Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Rockhurst University and their state Board of Nursing to determine licensure requirements and out-of-state distance learning eligibility.

Study Plan: Start dates for the FNP programs land in the fall, spring, and summer. Students move through as a cohort with either a part-time or full-time plan. The MSN-FNP and MSN-AGACNP programs take six semesters to complete full-time or eight semesters on a part-time basis. The MSN-FNP second degree and AGACNP post-graduate certificate programs take four semesters to complete. The MSN dual-track program takes eight semesters to complete full-time or ten semesters part-time. 

The AGACNP and the FNP/AGACNP programs require attendance at two campus immersions, while the FNP programs require completion of one campus immersion and one virtual immersion. Clinicals are completed local to the student and clinical placement services are available.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 49 credits plus 600 clinical hours. Core courses include professional roles, quality and safety for advanced nursing practice; theoretical foundations in nursing practice; advanced pathophysiology and disease states; policy, organization, and leadership; advanced healthcare research; advanced pharmacology; health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention; advanced health assessment and physical diagnosis; informatics for advanced nursing practice; and applied statistics for advanced nursing practice.

FNP specialty courses include family nurse practitioner  I-III: diagnostics and intervention;  family nurse practitioner I-III:  diagnostics and intervention practicum; women’s and child health for FNP: diagnostic and intervention; mental health for family nurse practitioners; and family nurse practitioner immersion  I-II.

FNP-MSN second degree students must complete at least 20 credits, including the FNP specialty courses and any other courses determined through a Gap Analysis.

MSN – AGACNP Curriculum: The online MSN – AGACNP program comprises 49 credits plus 600 clinical hours. Core courses follow those for the MSN-FNP program. Specialty courses include advanced acute care topics; adult-gerontology acute care  I-III: diagnostics and intervention; adult-gerontology acute care  I-III: diagnostics and intervention practicum; and advanced acute care immersion  I-II. 

MSN Dual Track – FNP/AGACNP Curriculum: The online MSN Dual Track – FNP/AGACNP program comprises 62 credits plus 1,000 clinical hours. The core courses listed in the MSN-FNP curriculum section are completed by dual-track students and several courses from the specialty courses listed for the FNP and AGACNP curricula. 

Post-Graduate AGACNP Certificate Curriculum: This program includes completing at least 20 credits, including the AGACNP specialty courses, plus 600 adult-gerontology acute care clinical hours. Other necessary courses will be determined through a Gap Analysis.

Online Experience: Rockhurst University’s online nursing programs have both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students can ask questions and interact with fellow students and faculty through live sessions. Each student is assigned to a dedicated student success adviser who works with students throughout the program. There are also optional Zoom sessions for classes and social groups for students. Resources for online students include: 

  • The Aylward-Cunn Learning Center offers online tutoring, study skills help, and virtual group study sessions. 
  • eLearning helps students through email with the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) and Zoom.
  • The Help Desk assists with technology issues.
  • The Love in Action program offers grants to cover the costs of computers and equipment needed for online learning and textbooks and other costs.
  • The Greenlease Library offers online research guidance through virtual librarians.

Other services may include academic advising, career counseling, and faculty office hours.

On-Site Requirements: The AGACNP and dual-track MSN programs require attendance at two clinical immersions at the Kansas City, Rockhurst campus. At these Advanced Acute Care Immersions students complete simulations, receive hands-on training in AGNP nursing skills, and complete objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) to demonstrate competencies. 

The FNP programs require attendance at one, two-day clinical immersion at the Rockhurst campus and one virtual synchronous immersion. As with the AGACNP immersions, students practice skills, complete simulations, and complete OSCEs. All other coursework is online with local clinicals.

Paying for Rockhurst University Online NP Programs

Rockhurst University charges $734.69 per credit plus fees. Prospective students should contact the Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences for current tuition information as costs may change each year.

Many graduate students choose to apply for federal unsubsidized graduate student loans through the FAFSA. Other options for funding may include private loans, employer tuition reimbursement programs, tuition discounts, and outside scholarships and grants.

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University seeks to prepare compassionate, ethical nurse practitioners in FNP and AGACNP specializations with various degree paths to meet the needs of varying applicants.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Dual FNP/AGACNP
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (Second Masters – For MSN Prepared Nurses)
Post-Graduate Certificate – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

1100 Rockhurst Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Rockhurst University – MSN – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, ID, LA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$35,999.81

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$35,999.81

Rockhurst University – MSN – Dual FNP/AGACNP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

62

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, ID, LA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

62

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$45,550.78

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$45,550.78

Rockhurst University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, ID, LA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$35,999.81

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$35,999.81

Rockhurst University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (Second Masters – For MSN Prepared Nurses)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

20

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, ID, LA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

20

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$14,693.80

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$14,693.80

Rockhurst University – Post-Graduate Certificate – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

20

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, ID, LA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

20

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$14,693.80

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.69

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$14,693.80

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She’s the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online NP programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.