Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Track

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track combines Common Core Course Requirements and AG-ACNP-specific coursework for a total of 45 hours.

The College mission for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track is to prepare registered nurses with acute care experience to provide direct patient management in acute and complex care settings in the role of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The Master’s Degree in Nursing with a concentration in acute and complex clinical practice will provide the graduate with competencies to function in the role of an Advanced Practice Nurse. The College provides an environment of learning based on discovery, scholarship, and practice to prepare graduates to practice as an AG-ACNP in multiple practice settings, including tertiary environments, emergency departments, critical care settings, and specialty medicine areas.  The graduate will be prepared to integrate evidenced-based practice into the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill young adult, adult, older adult, or frail elderly patients through all phases of their hospitalization and follow-up, and including the end-of-life care when appropriate. Graduates from this program will be eligible for apply for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center or through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
 
The AG-ACNP Learning Outcomes:
  • Assess health status including health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention needs of the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult and older adult.
  • Diagnose health status of the adult and older adult with physiologic instability, recognizing the potential for rapid physiologic deterioration or life-threatening instability.
  • Develop a plan of care and implement treatment for the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult and older adult to stabilize health status, minimize physical and physiological complications, maximize health potential, and assist with end-of-life care.
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult and older adult to ensure therapeutic patient outcomes with consideration to cognitive, developmental, physical, mental, and behavioral health status.
  • Interpret and individualize therapies through advocacy, modeling, and teaching to impart knowledge and associated psychomotor and coping skills for the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult and older adult, their family, or other caregiver.
  • Enhance the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner profession through leadership, delivery of evidence-based care, building intra- and inter-professional relationships, and participation in the health policy process to achieve optimal care outcomes for the adult and older adult.
  • Develop and direct the delivery of clinical services within an integrated healthcare system to improve health outcomes for individuals, communities, and systems and apply quality improvement principles to system policies.
  • Ensure quality of care through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation, self-reflection, and colleague review.