11: School of Graduate Nursing

General Information | M.S. in Nursing | Ph.D. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Philosophy | Characteristics of Graduates | Admission | Academic Regulations
Program Description | Clinical Nurse Specialist | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner | Health System Management | M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree
Post-Master's Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | Post-Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Admission | Grades | Nurse Practitioner Program Completion Requirements

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track (ACNP)

A 47-credit curriculum leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice as acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs). This option prepares students for a scope of practice beyond that of other advanced practice roles in acute care. Students in the program complete core courses in nursing theory, research, epidemiology/population-based assessment, and health policy. In addition, emphasis is placed on the refinement of advanced health assessment skills and acquisition of knowledge in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making and advanced therapeutics. Clinical seminars and preceptorships are designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to practice in the full continuum of acute care services. The program may be completed in two semester and two summer sessions (12 weeks each) of full-time study. The program is designed to begin in the summer. One year prior relevant experience is required for admission. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National ACNP Certification examination.

The following is the recommended course sequence for the specific areas of concentration in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Track.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
Summer Session (two six-week sessions)
GNUR 550Pharmacology 3
GNUR 551 Advanced Health Assessment 3
 Elective 3
GNUR 762 Immunocompetence in Vulnerable Populations or3
GNUR 738 Forensic Nursing 3
Fall Semester
GNUR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 3
GNUR 584 Pathophysiology 4
GNUR 585 Epidemiology/Population Based Assessment 3
GNUR 760 Seminar I: Introduction to Clinical Decision Making in Bio-System Dysfunction 3
Spring Semester
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1
GNUR 582 Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners 3
GNUR 707 Introduction to Health Informatics 2
GNUR 761 Seminar II: Problem Based Clinical Decision Making in Complex Patients 3
GNUR 763 Acute Care Preceptorship I 3
Summer Session (two six-week sessions
GNUR 572 Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice 1
GNUR 590 Health Policy & Issues 3
GNUR 764 Acute Care Preceptorship II 3
GNUR 765 Acute Care Preceptorship III 3


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