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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)


The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares nurses to provide advanced nursing care to adults who are acutely and chronically ill. Emphasis is on stabilizing the individual’s condition, minimizing acute complications, and restoring the individual to maximum health. Care is provided within acute care hospitals and ambulatory follow up and therapy settings. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Mary Schira
ACNP Director

ACNP Degree Plan | ACNP Post Masters Certificate Degree Plan

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide health care to 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.

Job Opportunities
Acute care hospitals – Subacute care hospitals – Rehabilitation hospitals
Specialty physician practices – Home health – Criminal justice system
Consultation – Emergency Departments