University of Southern Indiana

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services from late adolescents to adults across the life span for the purposes of health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and the management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute can work in a variety of clinical settings such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory care centers and can treat late adolescents through the lifespan. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 705 clinical hours.

A graduate of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute program is prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing theories, the humanities, and evidence-based scientific clinical guidelines to guide assessment of health status of adults.
  • Demonstrate advanced practice clinical decision making, utilizing critical thinking, to interpret patient and diagnostic test data and formulate differential diagnoses and a plan of care for adults.
  • Design, implement, evaluate, revise, and interpret a mutually agreed upon management plan and therapeutic interventions with adult patients and families.
  • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in and across health care settings. 
  • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Plan of Study Sample    About the Clinical Experience          On-Campus Visits Required

Curriculum Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Core Courses  
N601 Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
N602 Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
N603 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
N604 Population Based Care and Health Policy 3 credit hours
N605 Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
N606 Nursing Leadership in Health Systems 4 credit hours
  Total Core Hours 18 credit hours
Clinical Core Courses  
N617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
N618 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credit hours
N622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  Total Clinical Hours 9 credit hours
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Specialty Courses  
N674 Management of Acutely Ill Adults I 5 credit hours
N675 Management of Acutely Ill Adults II 5 credit hours
N676 Management of Acutely Ill Adults Practicum 5 credit hours
  Total Specialty Hours 15 credit hours
  Total Program Hours 42 credit hours

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