12: School of Graduate Nursing

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

Admission | Grades | Adult Health Program | Community Health Program
Psychiatric-Mental Health Program | Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Post Master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Program

The Post Masterís Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Program provides the masterís-prepared nurse with the necessary critical care experience, skills, and knowledge to assume the role of acute care practitioner across the continuum of acute care services in a variety of settings using a collaborative practice model.

The core body of knowledge is derived from the full spectrum of high-acuity patient care needs. This 27-credit clinical program prepares the acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) to assess complex acutely ill patients through health history, physical and mental status examination, and health risk appraisal. Diagnostic reasoning, advanced therapeutic interventions, consultation and referral to other nurses, physicians, and other providers are intrinsic components of the role. 560 clinical hours are required

Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the National ACNP Certification Examination.

Required courses - 27 credits
GNUR 550Pharmacology3
GNUR 551Advanced Health Assessment3
GNUR 572Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice I1
GNUR 573Collaborative Role Development/Multidisciplinary Practice II1
GNUR 760Seminar I: Introduction to Clinical Decision-Making in Bio-System Dysfunction3
GNUR 761Seminar II: Problem-Based Clinical Decision-Making in Complex Patients 3
GNUR 764Acute Care Preceptorship II5
GNUR 765Acute Care Preceptorship III5
GNUR 738Forensic Nursing or3
GNUR 762Immunocompetence in Vulnerable Populations3


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