Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Patients who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent and highly vulnerable to complications receive frequent monitoring and intervention from adult­-gerontology acute care NPs. Nurse practitioners with this specialty provide care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management, restoring health and/or providing symptom management.

The Adult­-Gerontology acute care NP major requires at least 39 credit hours of coursework and 600 hours of clinical experience. A recent year of adult intensive care (ICU) nursing experience is required prior to beginning this program.

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Sample Full­-Time Curriculum: Beginning Fall 2015

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 2
NUNP 438 Foundations for Adult­Gerontology Acute Care Nursing 4
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
  Total 13

 

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 443 Acute Health Problems of Adults and Older Adults 6
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 14

 

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NUNP 444 Advanced Management of Acutely Ill Adults and Older Adults 4
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare in Systems 3
  Total 12

Accumulated Total Hours: 39

Sample Full-­Time Curriculum: Prior to Fall 2015

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 3
NUNP 438 Foundations for Adult­-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing 4
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Assessment for Advanced Practice 3
  Total 14

 

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 430 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUNP 443 Acute Health Problems of Adults and Older Adults 6
NURS 425 Inquiry II: The Research Process 3
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 14

 

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidenced Based Nursing Practice 2
NURS 503 Inquiry Practicum 1
NUNP 444 Advanced Management of Acutely Ill Adults and Older Adults 4
NURS 444A Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues 1
NURS 444B Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance 1
NURS 444C Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal 1
NURS 443B Professionalism in Advanced Practice: Role Development 1
  Total 11

Accumulated Total Hours: 39