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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN


The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG ACNP) prepares advanced practice nurses to manage the health of individuals from the age of 13 years through adulthood and through end of life in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health restoration, management of complex, acute and chronic illnesses and complex health management of adolescents, adults and older adults. The scope of practice of the AG ACNP includes managing the needs of individuals who may be physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or vulnerable for the development of complications. The AG ACNP provides leadership and promotes using research findings to maximize the health care delivery services for adolescents, adults, elders and their families as a member of an interprofessional team. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the National Certification Exam as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

John D. Gonzalez DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NP-C
Director, Adult Gerontology Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs

Apply at www.applytexas.org

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide health care to adolescents, adults, older adults and their families in secondary and tertiary settings.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise in providing care to acutely ill patients, including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and therapies.
  • Use research and theoretical principles in implementing therapies that restore health, minimize complications, and manage risk factors.
  • Integrate the patient’s care across the continuum of acute care services in collaboration with other health care professionals, families, and patients.

Course List

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Course List
Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
Total Semester Credit Hours: 41
Total Clinical Hours: 720
NURS 5327 Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing This course provides a critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project. Yes:
NURS 5366 or 5301 and 5327
3 / 0
NURS 5315 Advanced Pathophysiology This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology across the lifespan. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5334 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5316 Advanced Health Assessment Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Yes:
NURS 5315 or Cert. Program Standing
3 / 45-Lab
NURS 5350 Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 / 0
NURS 5461 Adult Gerontology Management Across the Continuum of Care Foundations of advanced knowledge of common acute and chronic health problems in adolescents, adults, and elders across health care settings. Yes:
NURS 5334 and NURS 5316 or NURS 5418. NURS 5367 or concurrent enrollment, or Cert. Program Standing.
4 / 0
NURS 5463 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Focuses on a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach in the management of acutely ill physiologically unstable adolescent, adult, and gerontology patients with complex multi-system dysfunction. Yes:
NURS 5461 or Cert. Program Standing
4 / 0
NURS 5354 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practice I Clinical experience in specialty practice and high acuity health care settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults, and elders with common secondary and tertiary health care needs. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5461. NURS 5463 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0).
3 / 180
NURS 5355 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Practice II Continued clinical experience in specialty practice and high acuity health care settings with focus on managing adolescents, adults, and elders with common secondary and tertiary health care needs. Graded. Yes:
NURS 5463. NURS 5354 or concurrent enrollment or Cert. Program Standing. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0).
3 / 180
NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All courses must be completed. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
6 / 360