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Enroll in GCU's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN Program
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program enables experienced nurses to provide advanced level care in complex, acute and critical settings for adult and geriatric patients. In the acute care role, nurse practitioners’ scope of work includes providing assessments, diagnoses and care for adults and the geriatric population. Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNP) perform health assessments, prescribe medications and suggest quality health treatments to manage acute, subacute and complex patients, as well as those with chronic illness.
Gain Specialized Training in an MSN AGACNP Program to Make a Difference in the Lives of Seniors
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 nurse practitioner who specializes in adult-gerontology needs specialized training to care for that population. This specific MSN AGACNP 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. Nursing students will 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 two-day on-campus experience helps students prepare for certification as an acute care nurse practitioner 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 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.
GCU’s MSN AGACNP program is accredited. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.
Learn Diagnostic and Critical Care Approaches for Older Adults in GCU's MSN AGACNP Program
In this acute care nurse practitioner program, you will 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 healthcare.
These seven domains provide the foundation for the adult gerontology nurse practitioner 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 AGACNP
These domains require the future acute care nurse to take coursework that prepares them to make critical judgments about the symptoms and complaints of adult and geriatric patients. 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
Careers for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners 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 geriatric patients involving acute and chronic conditions. Other workplace settings 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.
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