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.
Dr. John D. Gonzalez
AG ACNP Director
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.
Acute care hospitals – Subacute care hospitals – Rehabilitation hospitals
Specialty physician practices – Home health – Criminal justice system
Consultation – Emergency Departments