The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration offers nurses with an acute care/critical care clinical practice background the opportunity to provide care to acutely ill adults. These advanced practice registered nurses will be prepared to function as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP). Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners provide evidence-based care to acutely ill adults with urgent and emergent complex health issues and critically ill adults with life threatening, rapidly changing physiological and pathophysiological conditions. The program is implemented in partnership with the Carolinas Healthcare System. Graduates with this concentration will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACN Certcorp) examination for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.
Additional Admission Requirements
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2013. Priority consideration given to applications completed by June 20, 2013.
Application Deadline: February 1 for Annual Summer Admission. Students addmitted for Summer I term are not required to take courses in the summer.
The program requires completion of 47 semester credit hours in approved courses including:
Core Courses (9 hours)
NURS 6101 Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 6160 Research in Nursing and Health Professions (3)
NURS 6115 Health Policy and Planning in the U.S. (3)
Cognate Courses (6 hours)
STAT 6127 Introduction to Biostatistics (3)
BIOL 6274 Pathophysiology (3)
Advanced Clinical Core (9 hours)
NURS 6220 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 6230 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 6430 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)*
NURS 6210 Family Health in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
AGACNP Specialty Courses (20 hours)
NUNP 6202 Complex Healthcare Management of Adults (3)
NUNP 6203 Advanced Care of Critically Ill Adults (3)
NUNP 6250 Advanced Primary Care and Health Promotion of Adults Across the Lifespan (3)
NUNP 6401 Advanced Care and Health Promotion Adults Practicum (2)*
NUNP 6402 Advanced Practice Nursing in Complex Care Practicum (4)*
NUNP 6403 Advanced Care of Critically Ill Adults Practicum (4)*
NUNP 6431 Advanced Acute Care Skills Lab (1)*
Synthesis Project or Thesis (3 hours)
NURS 6601 Synthesis and Integration in Advanced Nursing Practice I (1)
NURS 6602 Synthesis and Integration in Advanced Nursing Practice II (2)
OR NURS 6962 Thesis (3)
*Clinical Course that requires 60 hours practice for each 1 credit hours
Additional Degree Requirements
Students who choose to do so have the opportunity to serve as Research Assistants on faculty research projects. Students have an opportunity to choose a mentored research experience in their Synthesis courses.