Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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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.

Program Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours

Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 601 - Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
  • NURS 602 - Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Nursing (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 603 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 604 - Population Based Care and Health Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 605 - Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 606 - Nursing Leadership in Health Systems (4 credit hours)
Clinical Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 617 - Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 618 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 622 - Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Specialty Courses (15 credit hours)
  • NURS 674 - Management of Acutely III Adults I (5 credit hours)
  • NURS 675 - Management of Acutely III Adults II (5 credit hours)
  • NURS 686 - Management of Acutely III Adults Practicum (5 credit hours)

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Dr. Mellisa Hall
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