Feb 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, M.S.

The M.S. in nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master’s students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation and extends their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master’s students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client and patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GACNP) program is designed to prepare graduates to care for adults and older adults with acute, critical, and complex health conditions. Graduates who complete this concentration are eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

Program Requirements

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is 5-6 semesters in length for students taking 6-12 credits per semester or 7-8 semesters for students taking 3-9 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available during the pre-clinical component of the program. A total of 45 credits is required for completion of the A-GACNP program.

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The A-GACNP program has a total of 568 clinical hours: 168 hours in clinical semester one, 200 hours in clinical semester two, and 200 hours in clinical semester three.