With increasing patient acuity, an aging population, and a growing need for highly skilled clinicians at the bedside, acute care nurse practitioners are in great demand, and the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner – acute care major (AGNP-acute care) in our MSN Program offers excellent preparation. Our AGNP-acute care major focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to individuals from adolescence to older adulthood across acute care settings, including care of individuals in rural and under-served areas. Intensive courses, state-of-the-art simulation techniques, and immersion in clinical rotations maximize the learning experience and enables you to become active members of an interprofessional health care team.
On campus intensives and state-of-the-art simulation techniques supplement an established program designed to prepare nurse practitioners for management of patients across acute care settings. Examples of practice settings include urgent care and emergency departments, hospitalist and intensive care services and step-down units in academic, community, or critical access environments.
Program ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.
Immersion in the clinical environment maximizes the learning experience and enables you to become an active member of an interprofessional health care team.
Experienced faculty with clinical backgrounds in various areas of acute care practice, including the emergency department, neurocritical care unit, and hospitalist service.
Extensive resources for instructional support, including high fidelity simulation equipment with expert simulation instructors to guide practice, internet support, and multimedia availability to promote distance based learning.
48 credit hours, including 840 clinical hours
MSN and Post Graduate Certificate
Our Adult-Gero NP Acute Care program is distance-based with successful students who have a strong clinical foundation. At the time of application, you must have at least one year of acute care nursing experience and a current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certificate. You must maintain the certificate throughout the program of study.
You are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to your preparedness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice. Recommendations submitted by physicians, nurse managers, advanced practice nurses and other nursing leaders are required.
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