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Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Transitioning to the advanced practice role is a wonderful opportunity for the RN who wants to do more. As a nurse practitioner, you are a nurse first and bring to the advanced role all the aspects about nursing that are so fulfilling. The acute care graduate program allows students to become an acute care nurse practitioner. Acute care refers to hospital- based nursing. It may include the ICU, ED, OR, SDU or other hospital-based service.

Certification & Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major meet criteria to take certification exams for AGAC NP and have achieved an outstanding pass rate. Graduates find jobs in settings such as neurology, cardiology, surgery, oncology, pain management, trauma, orthopedics, radiology, nephrology, pulmonology, hospitalist service or emergency department. The market for AGAC NP jobs continues to expand, largely owing to recent changes that limit the hours of medical residents. Many hospitals and physician groups have discovered that employing AGAC NPs to help provide care to patients makes sense. Students are often hired in the setting of their last practical experience.

Clinical Hours

Students spend a minimum of 510 practicum and 120 lab hours with NP or MD preceptors. Clinical placements are determined by students’ areas of interest and career goals. Practical experience may be completed in most geographical locations based on the ability to meet course objectives and state licensure requirements.

Prior Experience

There are no specific requirements for prior clinical experience. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in six quarters ( 2 academic years). Part-time students can progress at their own speed.

Program Courses

Year 1 Fall Semester Courses Credits
NURS8020 Advanced Health Assessment  3 (2+1) credits
NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology  4 credits
NURS8004 Biostatistics      3 credits
TOTAL 10 credits

Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning  3 credits
NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis  3 credits
8024 Pharmacology for APN  3 credits
ANNP8010 Practicum I  3 credits (12 clinical hrs per wk)
ANNP8020 Seminar I  1 credit
TOTAL 13 credits

Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
ANNP8030 Clinical Management I  3 credits
NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning 4 credits
ANNP8012 Practicum II 3 credits (12 hrs/wk)
ANNP8022 Seminar II    1 credits
ANNP8002C  Acute Care Special Topics I 3 credits
TOTAL 14 credits

Year 2 Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANNP8032 Clinical Management  II 3  credits
NURS8008 Health Care Policy 3 credits
ANNP8014 Practicum III 3 credits (12 hr/wk)
ANNP8024 Seminar /Capstone III 2 credits
ANN8004c Acute Care Special Topics II 3 credits
TOTAL 14 credits

Credit Hours = 51

Practicum = 168 clinical hours each

Total = 504 hours

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Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.