Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Flight Nursing Specialty

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Specialty in Flight and Critical Care Transport

Advanced practice nurses with a Flight Specialty use air and ground medical transport services to provide high quality acute and critical care to patients. While most commonly practice occurs as inter-facility transfers, advanced practice critical care transport nurses also deliver care in unstructured settings that include the roadside, natural and technological disaster sites, and remote environments.

Educational and Career Opportunities

Students in this specialty use our unique helicopter and ambulance simulators in both classroom and scenario-based labs to learn how to deliver safe, effective care during transport. Students complete a portion of the clinical practicum with an air medical transport team. Flight specialty students also have opportunities to participate in teaching and research to promote evidence-based practice for the advanced practice nurse in air medical services. Our goal is to develop graduate nursing students for the advanced practice nurse’s role in critical care transport.

Advance to Your Ideal Career in Just Four Semesters

As part of FPB’s MSN program, Flight Specialty courses and individualized clinical experiences build on our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-G ACNP) program. The Flight Specialty program is a post-master’s certificate requiring 5-9 credits for completion.

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  • Experiential learning is crafted to meet individual needs and build on educational background and experience
  • The Flight Specialty can be built as part of our DNP Program with A-G ACNP or ACNP certification
  • A minimum one year of critical care nursing experience is required prior to enrolling in clinical courses for the A-G ACNP program.
  • We recommend students accumulate 3-5 years of emergency and critical care experience by completion of the Flight Specialty program to meet critical care transport industry standards for employment

The following courses must be taken in addition to the basic Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program to complete the flight nurse concentration.

Summer Semester I: Flight Nursing Summer Camp

Fall Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NUNP 438^ Foundations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing 4
NURS 453 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
NURS 459 Advanced Physical Assessment 3
NURS 444B* Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice 1
  Total 12

Spring Semester I

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 430 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUNP 443^ Acute Health Problems of Adults and Older Adults 6
NURS 405* Inquiry - Theoretical Foundations 2
**NURS 406 Introduction to Critical Care Transport in Advanced Nursing Practice 1
NURS 444A Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing 1
  Total 13

Summer Semester II: Flight Nursing Summer Camp & Classes

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 425 Inquiry II - Research Process 3
NURS 451* Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems 3
  Total 6

Fall Semester II

Course ID Course Title Credits
NURS 502* Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Practice 2
NUNP 444^ Advanced Management of Acutely Ill Adults and Older Adults 4
NURS 444C* Health Policy, Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice 1
**NURS 404 Emergent Care of the Child 2
**NURS 407 Critical Care Transport in Advanced Nursing Practice 1
NURS 431* Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  Total 12

Additional Required Classes (taken after completing the MSN)

Course ID Course Title Credits
**NURS 523^ Advanced Practice Nursing in Critical Care Transport Practicum 1-5
  Total 1-5

Accumulated Total Hours: 44-48

Note: The above curriculum is full-time; part-time plans are also available. The Advanced Practice Core courses (NURS 430, 453, 459) are co-requisites or pre-requisites for clinical nursing courses. Clinical nursing courses must be taken in the semester and sequence listed above. Clinical course availability is based upon enrollment.

* = Intensive Course, see MSN Intensives general schedule online for more information
** = Flight nursing specialty
^ = Clinical Course