This post masters adult-geriatric acute care nurse practitioner online certificate prepares the experienced registered nurse holding an MSN to provide competent advanced practice nursing care in complex, acute, and critical care settings through an evidence-based program of study. Graduates of the post masters acute care nurse practitioner online certificate may be eligible for certification as adult-geriatric acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
Coursework for the post masters certificate combines the topics of advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acute and chronically ill adults and elders. The ACNP certificate includes 575 hours of supervised clinical practice with preceptors in acute care facilities.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificates at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation).
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|NUR-642||Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||This Web-enhanced course focuses on the advanced physiology and pathophysiology principles. This course is used to guide the family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and clinical nurse specialist education (CNS-ED) student in interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness. The emphasis is placed on the genetic, molecular, cellular, and organ system levels. Co-requisite: NUR 644.||3|
|NUR-644||Advanced Pharmacology||This Web-enhanced course focuses on the advanced pharmacotherapy principles and practices to enable the family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and the clinical nurse specialist education (CNS-ED) student to prescribe and monitor the effects of medications and selected herbal therapy. Emphasis is on the pharmacodynamics of clients with common, acute, and chronic health problems in various stages of the lifecycle in diverse populations. Evidence-based research provides the basis for selecting effective, safe, and cost-efficient pharmacologic or integrative regimens. Appropriate client education as to various prescribed pharmacologic agents in incorporated. Legal requirements for prescriptive writing and dispensing authority are covered. Prerequisite: One of the following: 1) NUR 640; or 2) none. Co-requisite: NUR 642.||3|
|NUR-640||Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning with Skills Lab||This course builds upon the student‛s previous assessment skills, offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced practice nursing role. This course also gives emphasis to focused assessments for a chief complaint that include physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health assessment; risk assessment; functional assessment; and physical examination in diverse populations. Students use a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making to establish a differential diagnosis. An overview of appropriate protocols for performing health screening and for ordering, performing, and interpreting lab, radiographic, and other diagnostic data is included based on best practice consistent with resource allocations. Topics—from effective communication and client teaching/counseling to eliciting clients‛ interpretation of their health status and perceived barriers—are incorporated throughout the course to maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to illness or the threat of illness. Effective documentation and medical recordkeeping are required. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) Undergraduate Health Assessment course; or 2) NUR 642 and NUR 644.||3|
|NUR-653||Diagnosis and Management of Acutely Ill Patients I||This course focuses on evidence-based theory and research related to acute illnesses. A unifying framework is presented to organize the care of the critically ill patient. The student synthesizes data from a variety of health resources related to the care of critically ill patients. Specific system focus is related to cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, and endocrine disorders. Students make clinical judgments and decisions regarding appropriate recommendations and treatments related to symptom-focused presentation and implications related to alterations in different systems. Prerequisites: NUR 640, NUR 642, and NUR 644.||3|
|NUR-656||Diagnosis and Management of Acutely Ill Patients II||This course focuses on evidence-based theory and research related to acute illnesses. A unifying framework is presented to organize the care of the critically ill patient. The student synthesizes data from a variety of health resources related to the care of critically ill patients. Specific system focus is related to neurological disorders, renal/genitourinary disorders, and emergency situations. Students make clinical judgments and decisions regarding appropriate recommendations and treatments related to symptom-focused presentation and implications related to alterations in different systems. Prerequisite: NUR 653.||4|
|NUR-658||Scope of Practice, Documentation and Billing||This course focuses on professional and legal issues related to advanced practice nursing and includes adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-AG) scope of practice, inpatient and outpatient documentation, and billing. Managing the adult-gerontology patient who is highly vulnerable to complications, physiologically unstable, technologically dependent during periods of transition, such as admitting, transferring, and discharging, is also covered. This course provides a review of concepts related to collegial practice, including interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships within the health care delivery system.||2|
|NUR-659||Diagnosis and Management of Acutely Ill Patients III||This course focuses on evidence-based theory and research related to acute illnesses. A unifying framework is presented to organize the care of the critically ill patient. The student synthesizes data from a variety of health resources related to the care of critically ill patients. Students make clinical judgments and decisions regarding appropriate recommendations and treatments related to symptom-focused presentation and implications related to alterations in different systems. Prerequisite: NUR 656.||4|
|NUR-671||Practicum I||This course focuses on knowledge and skill acquisition to perform therapeutic interventions to stabilize acute and critical health problems, including suturing, line and tube insertion, and lumbar puncture. Students review diagnostic findings, including EKG, hemodynamic, radiological, and interventional studies. During this course, students initiate phase 1 of their evidence-based project. Combined total of Simulation and Clinical hours: 100. Prerequisite: NUR 653, NUR 656, and NUR 658.||4|
|NUR-672||Practicum II||This course focuses on the application of evidence-based provision of care for complex acute and chronic illnesses of the acutely ill patient in a preceptored clinical setting. Throughout the course, students: 1) demonstrate comprehensive system-focused, symptom-specific assessments; 2) formulate differential diagnoses by priority considering potential mechanisms and development of management strategies; 3) utilize technical skills in the diagnosis and patient management; and 4) incorporate health promotion, health protection, and injury prevention measures into the plan of care within the context of the complex acute, critical, and chronic illness. During this course, students continue to develop their evidence-based practice project. Clinical hours: 200. Prerequisite: NUR 671.||4|
|NUR-673||Practicum III||A culminating practicum experience is completed in person with a preceptor, to provide comprehensive health care to complex, acute, and critically ill patients. This course builds upon learning from NUR 672. Clinical practice affords students the opportunity to refine their clinical decision-making skills in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition, and care management of acute and chronically ill adults. Clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and critical illness on patients, family, and community, and prepare the ACNP in the diagnosis and management of acute and life-threatening health problems. During this course, students complete their evidence-based practice project. Clinical hours: 200. Prerequisite: NUR 672.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||34|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
An online education allows you the flexibility to fulfill your educational goals without distracting you from your career. Full-time faculty members support our online students while our dynamic tools allow for engaging and challenging discussions with classmates. Classes start every month.
To meet the demands of today's working adults, this degree is offered through our convenient evening program. Classes meet one evening per week and allow you to interact directly with instructors and peers face-to-face. Locations vary - speak with an enrollment counselor to learn more.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.
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