2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The M.S. in nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master's students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation and extends their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master's students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client and patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GACNP) program is designed to prepare graduates to care for adults and older adults with acute, critical, and complex health conditions. Graduates who complete this concentration are eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is 4-6 semesters in length for students taking 9-15 credits per semester or 6-8 semesters for students taking 6-9 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 45 credits is required for completion of the A-GACNP program.

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The A-GACNP program has a total of 568 clinical hours: 168 hours in clinical semester one, 200 hours in clinical semester two, and 200 hours in clinical semester three.

Required Courses: (45 credits)
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology (required before starting clinical)
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (required before starting clinical)
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment (required before starting clinical)
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
NUR 608 Behavioral and Psychosocial Health of the Family
NUR 641 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory I
NUR 642 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
NUR 643 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory II
NUR 644 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
NUR 645 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theory III
NUR 646 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
NUR 651 Women's Health in Advanced Practice
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project