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Accelerated Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's)

Accelerated Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

Program Overview

Completed Application Deadlines

September 1 for spring entry

The goal of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Accelerated Post-Master's Option is to allow experienced nurse practitioners with recent acute care experience to acquire additional knowledge and skills necessary for certification as an acute care nurse practitioner. Graduates of this option will be eligible to apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification as an Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner.

This option will prepare already certified adult, family or geriatric nurse practitioners to provide care to patients who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable for complications due to acute, chronic or critical illnesses. Graduates will be prepared to practice across the continuum of acute care services in inpatient and specialized acute and critical care departments such as emergency, cardiology, surgery, oncology, and trauma. They may also provide comprehensive, follow-up care to patients with complex chronic illnesses (e.g. cancer, heart failure, end stage renal disease before or after organ transplantation) in outpatient settings.

Clinical experiences will be tailored to the individual's needs and interests and will include a variety of settings serving adult patient populations.

Potential applicants are encouraged to speak with the coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option, Dr. Julie Stanik-Hutt, for more information and individual review of previous clinical experience.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Each student will be selected by the Admissions Committee. Selection factors include:

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

(Click on course names for descriptions)

NR.100.508 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.100.502 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.

Course of Study

Course of Study

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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
NR.100.662 Advanced Practice Nursing: Acute Care of Adult Patients
See NR100.563 for description. Course available to Accelerated Postmasters ACNP students only.
NR.100.663 Advanced Practice Nursing: Case Studies in Acute Care Nursing
See NR100.562 for description. Course available to Accelerated Postmasters ACNP students only.
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