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Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Full Curriculum

Core Courses (12 credits)

NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice
This course will explore the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical bases of nursing. Selected conceptual models and frameworks of nursing and ethics will be analyzed with emphasis on implications for nursing practice. This course is designed to provide students with frameworks, concepts, and personal and professional exercises for approaching nursing practice issues and to enhance the student's understanding of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues in nursing and in health care and to respond to them specifically.
NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
This course prepares students for clinical, management, or education leadership roles in health care through translation of the best available evidence into practice within organizations and application of research for nursing practice. Students will develop skills and knowledge needed to review and synthesize the strength of evidence available, and recommend practice changes if indicated. Topics covered include: a review of the research process (including theoretical framework, design, and analysis, research design hierarchy), research critique, rating and synthesizing the strength of evidence, decision making for practice, research and research translation opportunities (outcomes, evaluation research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis), risk adjustment, measurement, research ethics and organizational change. Prerequisite: NR 110.507
NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing
This three credit course examines the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse health care settings. Course content and activities will focus on understanding forces driving contemporary health care and enhancing skills in outcomes evaluation, as well as efficient and effective function in a continuous change health care environment.
NR.110.507 Statistical Literacy and Reasoning in Nursing Research
This course develops statistical literacy and statistical reasoning knowledge and skills, enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare and nursing literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of statistics in nursing research. Published nursing research articles in peer reviewed nursing and healthcare journals will be used to motivate each topic covered in class.
 

Advanced Core Courses (9 credits)

NR.110.502 Physiological/Pathophysiological Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice I
This course focuses on the interrelationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. It is designed to expand the student's understanding of the pathophysiology underlying dysfunction in selected diseases that advanced practice nurses may commonly encounter in their patient populations. Using an integrative approach, representative alternations in physiologic function common throughout the lifespan are addressed. Completion of this course will enable the student to analyze and address physiologic challenges of practice. In addition, it will provide foundational knowledge for use in research involving issues that impact clinical practice. Weekly lecture/discussions are organized based on systems and cover topics from the cellular level up to major organ systems. Prerequisites: Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
NR.110.508 Clinical Pharmacology
This course focuses on the clinical uses and mechanisms of action of drug groups used in altered states of physiological function. Pharmacological mechanisms, drug interactions, side effects and contraindications will be presented as bases for clinical judgment and management of patients.
NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history taking and advanced physical assessment for the adult/geriatric patient. Lecture and clinical experiences are designed to help the student apply their knowledge of physical assessment of adult/geriatric clients to the primary care or acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, development of a differential diagnosis and the process of critically thinking through problems related to adult/geriatric health. Pre/corequisites: NR 100.502, 100.508, 110.549, and 100.589 or 100.555
NR.110.549 Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement
This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced history taking and physical assessment. Lectures are designed to help the students apply their knowledge of health assessment to both primary and acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and clinical reasoning. Core content will be taught simultaneously to adult, pediatric, family, and acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students. Course content will provide learning opportunities in the following conceptual areas: communication, history taking, problem oriented medical records, physical assessment, age and gender health screening and diagnostic testing. A clinical practicum provides opportunities to apply physical assessment skills in settings including emergency departments and schools. 36 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR 110.502, 110.508, 110.536 and/or 110.537
 

Specialty Courses (16 credits)

NR.110.546 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
This course introduces the student to current issues, theories and research in health promotion and disease prevention related to individuals, families, aggregates and communities. The role of the advanced practice nurse in risk assessment, counseling, education and screening will be emphasized, as well as thinking broadly about health promotion needs from an ecological perspective. The first hour of each class will focus on the theoretical issues of health promotion and disease prevention. Practicum students in the second hour will examine the clinical issues relevant to health promotion throughout the lifespan. A case study approach will be emphasized.
NR.110.547 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management I - Adult/Gero
This course provides didactic content to prepare the Advanced Practice Nurse to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons, experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health care for all populations, with particular emphasis on underserved and those from other cultures. Students also emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, screening of adult and older populations, and providing culturally competent care. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are also addressed. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508 (Primary Care NPs), 110.549, 110.536/537, 110.572 (ACNP only)
NR.110.562 Advanced Practice in Acute Care I
This course fosters clinical competency and emphasizes evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic healthcare settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessment including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Management of acute and chronic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty and will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to: CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, intermediate care, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. Gerontology experiences in complex long term care, rehabilitation and/or inpatient units specializing in the acute care of elders will also be provided. At weekly seminars, currently recommended diagnostic and treatment regimens will be discussed in a lecture and case study format. Information presented will focus on pathophysiology, subjective and objective clinical data including physical examination, laboratory and diagnostic test results, differential diagnosis and development of a management plan within the scope of Adult-Gerontology ACNP practice. 250 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.508, 110.547, 110.549, 110.572
NR.110.563 Advanced Practice in Acute Care II
This clinical course prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow patients across the adult age span with acute/critical health problems. Emphasis is placed on the highest acuity of the disease entities encountered in acute/critical care areas. 170 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.562
NR.110.567 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing to patients with acute, critical, chronic and complex health problems across the adult age span. Integration of current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process will be emphasized. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.563
NR.110.572 Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
This clinical course introduces students to the role and scope of practice for Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Methods of advanced assessment and treatment modalities utilized with acutely and critically ill adults and elders are discussed. Content includes nutritional support, fluid and electrolyte replacement, transfusion medicine, hemodynamic monitoring, and mechanical ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory and advanced cardiopulmonary assessment data is included. Laboratory practice is provided for procedures such as suturing, intubation and line insertion, as well as application of other invasive therapeutic and diagnostic devices. Corequisites: NR.110.547 and 110.549
 
*110.549, 110.562. 110.563, and 110.567 have a clinical component.

Sample Courses of Study

Program may be completed in 15 months (4 semesters) and provides more than 500 clinical hours. To apply, you must have completed one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting prior to clinical sequence.

Full-time

Fall I (13 credits)

NR.110.502 Physiological/Pathophysiological Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice I
This course focuses on the interrelationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. It is designed to expand the student's understanding of the pathophysiology underlying dysfunction in selected diseases that advanced practice nurses may commonly encounter in their patient populations. Using an integrative approach, representative alternations in physiologic function common throughout the lifespan are addressed. Completion of this course will enable the student to analyze and address physiologic challenges of practice. In addition, it will provide foundational knowledge for use in research involving issues that impact clinical practice. Weekly lecture/discussions are organized based on systems and cover topics from the cellular level up to major organ systems. Prerequisites: Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
NR.110.507 Statistical Literacy and Reasoning in Nursing Research
This course develops statistical literacy and statistical reasoning knowledge and skills, enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare and nursing literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of statistics in nursing research. Published nursing research articles in peer reviewed nursing and healthcare journals will be used to motivate each topic covered in class.
NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history taking and advanced physical assessment for the adult/geriatric patient. Lecture and clinical experiences are designed to help the student apply their knowledge of physical assessment of adult/geriatric clients to the primary care or acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, development of a differential diagnosis and the process of critically thinking through problems related to adult/geriatric health. Pre/corequisites: NR 100.502, 100.508, 110.549, and 100.589 or 100.555
NR.110.547 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management I - Adult/Gero
This course provides didactic content to prepare the Advanced Practice Nurse to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons, experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health care for all populations, with particular emphasis on underserved and those from other cultures. Students also emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, screening of adult and older populations, and providing culturally competent care. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are also addressed. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508 (Primary Care NPs), 110.549, 110.536/537, 110.572 (ACNP only)
NR.110.549 Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement
This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced history taking and physical assessment. Lectures are designed to help the students apply their knowledge of health assessment to both primary and acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and clinical reasoning. Core content will be taught simultaneously to adult, pediatric, family, and acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students. Course content will provide learning opportunities in the following conceptual areas: communication, history taking, problem oriented medical records, physical assessment, age and gender health screening and diagnostic testing. A clinical practicum provides opportunities to apply physical assessment skills in settings including emergency departments and schools. 36 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR 110.502, 110.508, 110.536 and/or 110.537
NR.110.572 Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
This clinical course introduces students to the role and scope of practice for Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Methods of advanced assessment and treatment modalities utilized with acutely and critically ill adults and elders are discussed. Content includes nutritional support, fluid and electrolyte replacement, transfusion medicine, hemodynamic monitoring, and mechanical ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory and advanced cardiopulmonary assessment data is included. Laboratory practice is provided for procedures such as suturing, intubation and line insertion, as well as application of other invasive therapeutic and diagnostic devices. Corequisites: NR.110.547 and 110.549

Spring I (10 credits)

NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
This course prepares students for clinical, management, or education leadership roles in health care through translation of the best available evidence into practice within organizations and application of research for nursing practice. Students will develop skills and knowledge needed to review and synthesize the strength of evidence available, and recommend practice changes if indicated. Topics covered include: a review of the research process (including theoretical framework, design, and analysis, research design hierarchy), research critique, rating and synthesizing the strength of evidence, decision making for practice, research and research translation opportunities (outcomes, evaluation research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis), risk adjustment, measurement, research ethics and organizational change. Prerequisite: NR 110.507
NR.110.508 Clinical Pharmacology
This course focuses on the clinical uses and mechanisms of action of drug groups used in altered states of physiological function. Pharmacological mechanisms, drug interactions, side effects and contraindications will be presented as bases for clinical judgment and management of patients.
NR.110.562 Advanced Practice in Acute Care I
This course fosters clinical competency and emphasizes evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic healthcare settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessment including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Management of acute and chronic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty and will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to: CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, intermediate care, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. Gerontology experiences in complex long term care, rehabilitation and/or inpatient units specializing in the acute care of elders will also be provided. At weekly seminars, currently recommended diagnostic and treatment regimens will be discussed in a lecture and case study format. Information presented will focus on pathophysiology, subjective and objective clinical data including physical examination, laboratory and diagnostic test results, differential diagnosis and development of a management plan within the scope of Adult-Gerontology ACNP practice. 250 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.508, 110.547, 110.549, 110.572

Summer I (6 credits)

NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing
This course will explore the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical bases of nursing. Selected conceptual models and frameworks of nursing and ethics will be analyzed with emphasis on implications for nursing practice. This course is designed to provide students with frameworks, concepts, and personal and professional exercises for approaching nursing practice issues and to enhance the student's understanding of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues in nursing and in health care and to respond to them specifically.
NR.110.563 Advanced Practice in Acute Care II
This clinical course prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow patients across the adult age span with acute/critical health problems. Emphasis is placed on the highest acuity of the disease entities encountered in acute/critical care areas. 170 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.562

Fall II (8 credits)

NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing
This three credit course examines the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse health care settings. Course content and activities will focus on understanding forces driving contemporary health care and enhancing skills in outcomes evaluation, as well as efficient and effective function in a continuous change health care environment.
NR.110.546 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
This course introduces the student to current issues, theories and research in health promotion and disease prevention related to individuals, families, aggregates and communities. The role of the advanced practice nurse in risk assessment, counseling, education and screening will be emphasized, as well as thinking broadly about health promotion needs from an ecological perspective. The first hour of each class will focus on the theoretical issues of health promotion and disease prevention. Practicum students in the second hour will examine the clinical issues relevant to health promotion throughout the lifespan. A case study approach will be emphasized.
NR.110.567 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing to patients with acute, critical, chronic and complex health problems across the adult age span. Integration of current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process will be emphasized. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.563

Part-time

Fall I (6 credits)

NR.110.502 Physiological/Pathophysiological Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice I
This course focuses on the interrelationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. It is designed to expand the student's understanding of the pathophysiology underlying dysfunction in selected diseases that advanced practice nurses may commonly encounter in their patient populations. Using an integrative approach, representative alternations in physiologic function common throughout the lifespan are addressed. Completion of this course will enable the student to analyze and address physiologic challenges of practice. In addition, it will provide foundational knowledge for use in research involving issues that impact clinical practice. Weekly lecture/discussions are organized based on systems and cover topics from the cellular level up to major organ systems. Prerequisites: Undergraduate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing
This three credit course examines the scope and status of professional roles and responsibilities of nurses prepared for advanced clinical and managerial placements in diverse health care settings. Course content and activities will focus on understanding forces driving contemporary health care and enhancing skills in outcomes evaluation, as well as efficient and effective function in a continuous change health care environment.

Spring I (6 credits)

NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing
This course will explore the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical bases of nursing. Selected conceptual models and frameworks of nursing and ethics will be analyzed with emphasis on implications for nursing practice. This course is designed to provide students with frameworks, concepts, and personal and professional exercises for approaching nursing practice issues and to enhance the student's understanding of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues in nursing and in health care and to respond to them specifically.
NR.110.507 Statistical Literacy and Reasoning in Nursing Research
This course develops statistical literacy and statistical reasoning knowledge and skills, enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare and nursing literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of statistics in nursing research. Published nursing research articles in peer reviewed nursing and healthcare journals will be used to motivate each topic covered in class.

Summer I (3 credits)

NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
This course prepares students for clinical, management, or education leadership roles in health care through translation of the best available evidence into practice within organizations and application of research for nursing practice. Students will develop skills and knowledge needed to review and synthesize the strength of evidence available, and recommend practice changes if indicated. Topics covered include: a review of the research process (including theoretical framework, design, and analysis, research design hierarchy), research critique, rating and synthesizing the strength of evidence, decision making for practice, research and research translation opportunities (outcomes, evaluation research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis), risk adjustment, measurement, research ethics and organizational change. Prerequisite: NR 110.507

Fall II (7 credits)

NR.110.536 Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Geriatric Variations
This course provides an intensive and comprehensive introduction to the skills of history taking and advanced physical assessment for the adult/geriatric patient. Lecture and clinical experiences are designed to help the student apply their knowledge of physical assessment of adult/geriatric clients to the primary care or acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, development of a differential diagnosis and the process of critically thinking through problems related to adult/geriatric health. Pre/corequisites: NR 100.502, 100.508, 110.549, and 100.589 or 100.555
NR.110.547 Diagnosis, Symptom and Illness Management I - Adult/Gero
This course provides didactic content to prepare the Advanced Practice Nurse to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons, experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health care for all populations, with particular emphasis on underserved and those from other cultures. Students also emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, screening of adult and older populations, and providing culturally competent care. Didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are also addressed. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.502, 110.508 (Primary Care NPs), 110.549, 110.536/537, 110.572 (ACNP only)
NR.110.549 Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement
This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced history taking and physical assessment. Lectures are designed to help the students apply their knowledge of health assessment to both primary and acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on differentiation between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and clinical reasoning. Core content will be taught simultaneously to adult, pediatric, family, and acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students. Course content will provide learning opportunities in the following conceptual areas: communication, history taking, problem oriented medical records, physical assessment, age and gender health screening and diagnostic testing. A clinical practicum provides opportunities to apply physical assessment skills in settings including emergency departments and schools. 36 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR 110.502, 110.508, 110.536 and/or 110.537
NR.110.572 Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
This clinical course introduces students to the role and scope of practice for Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Methods of advanced assessment and treatment modalities utilized with acutely and critically ill adults and elders are discussed. Content includes nutritional support, fluid and electrolyte replacement, transfusion medicine, hemodynamic monitoring, and mechanical ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory and advanced cardiopulmonary assessment data is included. Laboratory practice is provided for procedures such as suturing, intubation and line insertion, as well as application of other invasive therapeutic and diagnostic devices. Corequisites: NR.110.547 and 110.549

Spring II (7 credits)

NR.110.508 Clinical Pharmacology
This course focuses on the clinical uses and mechanisms of action of drug groups used in altered states of physiological function. Pharmacological mechanisms, drug interactions, side effects and contraindications will be presented as bases for clinical judgment and management of patients.
NR.110.562 Advanced Practice in Acute Care I
This course fosters clinical competency and emphasizes evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical and chronic healthcare settings. It emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment and advanced therapeutics for adults and frail elders in high acuity patient settings. Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessment including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Management of acute and chronic health problems will be accomplished with the direction of clinical preceptors. Clinical placements are arranged by faculty and will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas including, but not limited to: CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, intermediate care, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. Gerontology experiences in complex long term care, rehabilitation and/or inpatient units specializing in the acute care of elders will also be provided. At weekly seminars, currently recommended diagnostic and treatment regimens will be discussed in a lecture and case study format. Information presented will focus on pathophysiology, subjective and objective clinical data including physical examination, laboratory and diagnostic test results, differential diagnosis and development of a management plan within the scope of Adult-Gerontology ACNP practice. 250 clinical hours. Pre/corequisites: NR.110.508, 110.547, 110.549, 110.572

Summer II (3 credits)

NR.110.563 Advanced Practice in Acute Care II
This clinical course prepares students to diagnose, treat and follow patients across the adult age span with acute/critical health problems. Emphasis is placed on the highest acuity of the disease entities encountered in acute/critical care areas. 170 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR 110.562

Fall III (5 credits)

NR.110.546 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
This course introduces the student to current issues, theories and research in health promotion and disease prevention related to individuals, families, aggregates and communities. The role of the advanced practice nurse in risk assessment, counseling, education and screening will be emphasized, as well as thinking broadly about health promotion needs from an ecological perspective. The first hour of each class will focus on the theoretical issues of health promotion and disease prevention. Practicum students in the second hour will examine the clinical issues relevant to health promotion throughout the lifespan. A case study approach will be emphasized.
NR.110.567 Advanced Practice Nursing: Clinical Topics and Professional Issues - Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP
This course integrates the biomedical, psychological, and social elements of nurse practitioner practice. Under the supervision of an experienced preceptor, students will provide in-depth, advanced practice nursing to patients with acute, critical, chronic and complex health problems across the adult age span. Integration of current nursing and biomedical research evidence into the clinical decision-making process will be emphasized. Professional issues relevant to nurse practitioners will be explored. 250 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NR.110.563