Program offered in select states including AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, NC, NM, NV, TX and FL
What is a Post-MSN AGACNP Certificate?
Lifelong learning and ongoing professional development are particularly important in the medical field. A post-MSN certificate at Grand Canyon University enables nurse practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills in a specialty area. The Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a focus in chronic condition care is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. It’s available to students who hold a master’s degree in nursing and wish to enhance their career qualifications.
The post-MSN certificate online acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) program focuses on adult and geriatric acute care patients. The AGACNP certificate also focuses on subacute patients and those who suffer from exacerbations of chronic diseases. Classes are available through GCU’s online APRN learning platform in select states. Students must undergo a supervised clinical/practicum and two on-campus experiences at GCU. In addition to classroom instruction, students are guided in hands-on, experiential activities to sharpen their skills.
GCU’s Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program is designed to align with the standards established by the following organizations:
- American Nursing Association (ANA)
- Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
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Take AGACNP Classes That Mirror Real Critical Care Situations
A blend of classroom instruction and hands-on experience in a collaborative environment comprise this post-MSN certificate program. Students prepare to provide advanced practice nursing care nursing care with acute, critical, complex and chronic conditions of patients starting with the teenage years. Working through an evidence-based AGACNP certificate program, students “practice hands on skills” of advanced health assessments, clinical diagnostics, procedural skill acquisition and the care management of diverse patient populations. Graduates are prepared to confidently lead nursing teams, make ethical decisions and skillfully communicate to diverse audiences. Some of the specific courses students take include the following:
- Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning with Skills Lab
- Health Promotion and Maintenance and On-Campus Experience I
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I and II
- On-Campus Experience I and II
Experiences That Prepare You for a Potential AGACNP Certification*
This post-MSN certificate online adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certificate includes 675 hours of directly supervised clinical practice to align with national norms. Students are required to attend two on-campus experiences. The clinical experiences explore the physiological and psychosocial effects of acute and critical illnesses.
During the first on-campus experience, there are emphases on simulation experiences, skills, procedures, and specific lectures to prepare for clinical. The experience also focuses on examining community resources and integrating family and support systems into care. During the on-campus experiences, students are given instruction and hands-on experience to prepare them as nurse practitioners. Some of the areas of practice include suturing, incision, intubation, casting, catheter insertion, lumbar puncture, radiology interpretation and ventilator management and beyond.
Career Opportunities as an AGACNP With a Post-Master's Certificate
Nurses qualified as AGACNPs specialize in diagnosing and treating the acute medical as well as chronic conditions of patients from adolescence into advanced age. Some of the main objectives of an AGACNP are to:
- Stabilize the patient
- Lower the risk of complications
- Restore the patient to optimal health
- Offer palliative care
- Make appropriate referrals to specialists
Since AGACNPs focus on acute care and chronic care management, they may pursue work at hospitals, clinics and other outpatient facilities. As an alternative to working directly with patients, some acute care nurse practitioners may decide to pursue opportunities as postsecondary nursing instructors.
*Grand Canyon University does not administer AGACNP certification exams and must be completed through an external certification provider.
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