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Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Adult-Gerontology Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The AGNP program prepares nurses to provide a range of healthcare services that promote wellness, prevent illness and manage health and illness needs of adults across the lifespan. The scope of practice of either the primary care or acute care NP is not setting specific, but is based on patient care needs. The particular expertise of the primary care AGNP emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. The patient population of the acute care AGNP includes care of patients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness, disability and/or injury. The number of credits and clinical hours are determined by requirements for board certification in adult-gerontology. Graduates of the AGNP MSN track complete a minimum of 600 supervised clinical practice hours and are eligible to sit for national certification in Primary Care or Acute Care through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Program.


  • TOP 75 US News Ranking of Graduate Nursing Programs
  • 80% Full-time Faculty with Doctoral Degrees
  • 12% Male Graduate Nursing Students
  • 20k+ Projected Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
Students By the Numbers MSN primary care
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"Seton Hall's online NP program prepared me to be an independent nurse practitioner, to think critically and enabled me to function as a clinical leader in my healthcare organization."

Varsha Singh, M.S.N. ‘09, A.P.N.
Advanced Practice Nurse, Stroke Coordinator and Manager EHS/Adult Medical Clinic Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway


Led by our experienced faculty, students begin with the preclinical courses: advanced pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and health promotion. They then progress through courses in primary care theory that are taken concurrently with supervised clinical practice. Courses cover advanced health assessment, major forces in health care and clinical decision-making. Students also learn about the peer review process, client advocacy, role negotiation and how to develop collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships. In their clinical instruction, our NP preceptors model how to interact in collaborative relationships and they demonstrate the nurse practitioner’s unique contributions to patient care. Students work with advanced practice nurses in a variety of clinical settings.

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Our faculty members are the backbone of the College of Nursing. They connect with other professional nurses - both nationally and internationally - to stay at the forefront of nursing practice. They actively conduct research at Seton Hall, all while working with students to help them reach their full potential.

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Where Nurses Are Inspired to Become Leaders

Seton Hall University's College of Nursing has a mission to educate practitioners of nursing - from baccalaureate-prepared generalists to advanced practitioners - who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. Established in 1937, the College offered New Jersey's first baccalaureate nursing program and is CCNE-accredited through June 2019. It established its graduate program in 1975, its Ph.D. program in 2006 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College's graduate nursing programs among the top nursing programs nationwide.

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Sharon Venino, M.S.
Assistant Director
Online Program Operations
(973) 275-2359
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