12: School of Graduate Nursing

General Information | M.S. in Nursing | Post Master's Programs
Ph.D. in Nursing | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Philosophy | Characteristics of Graduates | Admission | Academic Regulations | Program Description
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracks | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Tracks | Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Health Systems Management Track | M.S.N.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track (ACNP)

The 51 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 years. The program is designed to begin in the fall. One year prior relevant experience is required for admission. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National ACNP Certification Examination.

Following are the required courses for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Track.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Track (51 credits, 728 clinical hours)
GNUR 550Pharmacology3
GNUR 551Advanced Health Assessment3
GNUR 572Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice I1
GNUR 573Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice II1
GNUR 580Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
GNUR 582Research Processes for Health Care Practitioners3
GNUR 584Pathophysiology4
GNUR 585Epidemiology and Population-based Assessment3
GNUR 590Health Policy and Issues3
GNUR 707Introduction to Health Informatics2
GNUR 760Seminar I: Introduction to Clinical Decision-Making in Bio-System Dysfunction 3
GNUR 761Seminar II: Problem-Based Clinical Decision-Making in Complex Patients3
GNUR 763Acute Care Preceptorship I3
GNUR 764Acute Care Preceptorship II5
GNUR 765Acute Care Preceptorship III5
Elective3
GNUR 738Forensic Nursing or
GNUR 762Immunocompetence in Vulnerable Populations 3


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