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.
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.
At least one year of RN work experience is preferred. 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
If you apply and are admitted to the program, you can discuss alternate schema options with an academic advisor and in consultation with the faculty advisor. Alternate options consider future course offerings, as well as an individual's best interests, to help students succeed in the program and on the certification exam.
*Courses can be taken online or face to face.
** Courses are offered in a hybrid format and meets bi-weekly.
|Year 1 Fall Semester Courses||Credits|
|NURS8020C Advanced Health Assessment
||3 (2+1) credits|
|* NURS8022 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology||4 credits|
|* NURS8004 Biostatistics||3 credits|
|Year 1 Spring Semester Courses||Credits|
|* NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits|
|* NURS8026 Differential Diagnosis||3 credits|
|* NURS8024 Pharmacology for APN||3 credits|
|Year 1 Summer Semester Courses||Credits|
|* NURS8008 Health Care Policy||3 credits|
|* NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits|
|ANNP8010 Practicum I
||3 credits (12 clinical hrs per wk)|
|ANNP8020 Seminar I
|Year 2 Fall Semester Courses||Credits|
|** ANNP8030 Clinical Management I
|ANNP8012 Practicum II||3 credits (12 hrs/wk)
|ANNP8022 Seminar II
|ANNP8002C Acute Care Special Topics I
||3 (2+1) credits
|Year 2 Spring Semester Courses
|** ANNP8032 Clinical Management II
|ANNP8014 Practicum III
||3 credits (12 hr/wk)
|ANNP8024 Seminar /Capstone III
|ANNP8004C Acute Care Special Topics II
||3 (2+1) credits
Credit Hours = 50
Practicum = 168 clinical hours each
Total = 504 hours