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Applying for AGNP / AG-ACNP programs

sajRN sajRN (New) New

Hello all!

I am interested in applying to AGNP / AG-ACNP programs, but would like some opinions about moving forward. I have 2 years of experience on a cardiothoracic surgical step down unit at a level 1 trauma center and would eventually like to become an NP to stay on a similar step down unit, either cardiac surgicial or cardiology. I plan on applying in 2018 or 2019, so I'll hopefully have 4-5 years of experience prior to starting school. Do you think it is necessary to gain ICU experience to pursue AGNP / AG-ACNP to work on a step down unit? I believe it could only help but am aware it would add on more time from me obtaining my AGNP / AG-ACNP.

As for programs itself, I noticed some require the GRE, some don't, and some are waived if your BSN GPA qualifies. I obtained a 3.80 GPA for my BSN. Would it harm my chances to not take the GRE if my GPA waives it?

I've seen a few accelerated NP programs such as UPenn and University of Miami, can anyone attest to those?

Any help to these questions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Edited by sajRN

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