Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

College

  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Program Length

2-5 Years

Program Information

Prerequisites

Active RN Licensure
1 Year Clinical Experience 
More Info

Program Overview

The Adult-Gerontology: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is prepared to assess and manage the full continuum of care services for the acutely and critically ill. The core knowledge provided in the specialty coursework is based on the full spectrum of high acuity patient care needs.

The program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program in its entirety have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.

The Adult-Gerontology: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program has also met the requirements for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation ACNP-AG certification exam. This is an entry-level advanced practice certification for nurses educated at the graduate level to meet the specialized needs of adult-gerontology patients with complex acute and/or chronic health conditions. 

Application Process & Deadlines

Decisions made on a rolling basis

OCTOBER 15 - Spring Term
FEBRUARY 15 - Summer Term
JUNE 1 - Fall Term

Application Instructions

Curriculum

There are 12 courses/36 credits for all Jefferson NP tracks. Eight (8) courses are taken 100% online. The four (4) remaining courses below with an asterisk (*) have some face to face requirements.   All students at minimum must be present for the midterm and final for Physical Assessment along with potentially three (3) visits per semester for the three (3) clinical courses. Course descriptions can be found in the College of Nursing Handbook. Clinical placements are a joint responsibility of both the student and faculty member. Jefferson sees clinical placement as a partnership and wants to work with students to find the best situation.  Students are required to complete at minimum 16 hours a week during the three (3) clinical courses. At the completion of the program students earn 672 clinical hours.  All accepted students are required to attend a one day orientation on campus before the program begins.

Most Jefferson students work full time while enrolling part time in MSN coursework.  Students are only eligible for federal aid when enrolling in two (2) classes per term. Below is the average length of time for program completion:

24 Month - Two (2) classes per term

36 Month - Combination of one (1) or two (2) classes per term

48 Month -  One (1) class per term

Students can take more than two (2) classes per term.  All students will create an individual plan of study at new student orientation before the term begins.

Transfer Credits:  A maximum of six (6) MSN semester credits may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution.  Only once an applicant has been admitted to Jefferson will previous credits will be evaluated by the Chair of Graduate Nursing programs.  

Course Credits
NU 602 Health Policy, Legal & Ethical Dimensions of Practice 3
NU 603 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice I 3
NU 604 Research For Advanced Nursing Practice II 3
NU 605 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NU 625 Epidemiology for the Health Professions 3
NU 672 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Credits 18

The following courses are in addition to the Graduate Nursing Core Curriculum.

Course Credits
NU 560 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NU 570 Pathophysiology of Human Disease 3
NU 631 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Acute Care I 3
NU 632 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Acute Care II 3
NU 633 Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Acute Care III 3
NU 673 Comprehensive Assessment for Clinical Decision Making 3
Total Credits 18