Program offered in select states including AZ, NM, NV, CO, TX, FL.
What Is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Program?
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) program enables experienced nurses to provide advanced level care in complex, acute and critical setting for adults and geriatric patients. In the acute care role, nurse practitioners’ scope of work includes providing assessments, diagnoses and care for adults and the elderly. They perform health assessments, prescribe medications and suggest quality health treatments to manage acute, subacute and complex patients, as well as those with chronic illness.
How AGACNPs Make a Difference in the Lives of the Elderly
This AGACNP online program at GCU is designed for experienced registered nurses who want to advance their skill sets with APRN courses. The acute care practitioner who specializes in adult-gerontology needs specialized training to care for that population. This specific MSN program at GCU ensures future acute care nurses have the experience and nursing education necessary for successful healthcare careers.
Acute care nurse practitioner students complete 675 hours of supervised clinical practice. They also attend two on-campus experience programs. Over the course of three days, these on-campus programs are designed to ensure future nurse practitioners have hands-on opportunities. Here is an idea of adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners’ scope of practice:
- Catheter insertion
- Lumbar puncture
- Chest tube insertion
- Radiology interpretation
- Ventilator management
- Hemodynamic monitoring
An additional one-day on-campus experience helps students prepare for certification as AGACNP through individual review, planning, systems and topic reviews.
The MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program for adult gerontology meets the standards set forth by numerous professional agencies, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and American Nursing Association (ANA). Nurses who wish to practice acute care in certain states may be required to meet additional standards.
The MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program for adult gerontology is programmatically accredited. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.
Study Diagnostic and Critical Care on Older Adults
Students in this acute care nurse practitioner program learn advanced theories and practices related to all areas of direct critical care for gerontology patients. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at GCU ensures that all future acute care nurse practitioners are well-rounded in their approach to health care.
These seven domains provide the foundation for the APRN program coursework:
- Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
- Leadership, Policy and Advocacy
- Systems, Safety and Quality
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Analytic Foundations for Practice, Ethics and Professional Role
- Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing
- Independent Practice for the AG-ACNP
These domains require the future acute care nurse to take coursework that prepares them to make critical judgements about the symptoms and complains of adults and the elderly. The acute care nurse must be able to work with patients and their families in all types of settings and locations. Communication is the backbone of this profession so that the acute care nurse practitioner can educate, consult, collaborate and influence public policy.
The GCU MSN in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program includes the study of:
- Managing the adult-gerontology patient
- Complications related to gerontology
- Disease detection
- Culturally-relevant practices
Become an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner With an MSN Degree
Graduates from this specific GCU MSN, may continue in their current roles or use their educational experience to advance their careers. They may work in outpatient, inpatient and hospital-based settings to manage the physical health of adult and elderly patients involving acute and chronic conditions. Other job opportunities may include:
- Trauma units
- Emergency care
- Acute care units
- Specialty clinics
- Long term care facilities
If you are an experienced nurse looking to advance your career, it is time for you to learn how to do so. Join us for the Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree program at GCU.
*The master’s degree in nursing and Post-graduate APRN certificate programs at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/). Both of these programs are also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing
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