Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Emory Nursing Student Quyen Pham

Train for Adult Acute Care

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Ranked No. 9 in the nation by US News and World Report, the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide advanced practice in acute care settings through a program of study focused on the care of acutely ill patients and complex chronically ill patients and their families in high acuity specialty areas including critical care, trauma surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, and hospital medicine. The program integrates content in advanced health assessment, clinical decision making and diagnosis, advanced pharmacology, and management of acutely ill adults with specialty seminars taught by expert clinicians. Seminars and clinical experiences emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of acute and chronic illness on the patient and family.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the AACN Certification Corporation.

SPECIALTY COORDINATOR:
Jennifer Adamski, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Jennifer.Adamski@emory.edu
Office: 404-727-4102

Program Length
The four-semester, 48-hour program may be pursued full time, part time or post masters.

Unique Highlights
Students in this program receive a broad exposure to managing the acute and complex clinically ill patients and are educated to work as independent practitioners and as members of an interdisciplinary team.

Clinical Experience
More than 700 hours of directly supervised clinical practice with physician and acute care nurse practitioner preceptors are required for degree completion. Sites include hospitals and many specialty practices in the metropolitan-Atlanta area.

Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this program have opportunities to work in acute and critical care specialty settings. Graduates have also found positions in critical care, trauma surgery, general surgery and all inpatient specialties.

Program Update
Effective for students entering in Fall 2017: Enrollment in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program requires at least one year of professional nursing experience as an RN in an acute/critical care setting.

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework
  • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
  • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
  • Resume
  • Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50th-99th percentile of all test takers. (The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5).

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**:

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.2 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master’s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR NURSING APPLICANTS AND ENROLLED STUDENTS

When considering nursing studies the student must evaluate their abilities and skills. To succeed in a nursing degree or postgraduate certificate program, a student must possess certain abilities and skills, deemed essential functions for the care of patients. These abilities and skills, as determined by Emory University nursing faculty, are as follows:

OBSERVATION

Applicants and students enrolled in the nursing program must be able to observe demonstrations and simulations required by the nursing curriculum established by the faculty and be able to participate in such activities with adequate vision and other sensory modalities, including the senses of hearing and smell. A student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.

COMMUNICATION

Students must be able to speak intelligibly, and to hear sufficiently to affect an adequate exchange of information with patients, family members, and other health professionals. A student must be able to read and write English effectively in order to fulfill academic requirements, and to maintain accurate clinical records on patient care.

MOTOR

Nursing students are required to possess motor skills sufficient to elicit independent information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other manually based diagnostic procedures. Students should be able to conduct laboratory and diagnostic tests, and carry out physical assessments. Students must possess motor skills required for their scope of practice, as determined by the relevant accrediting organization. The student must also be able to coordinate fine and gross muscular movements to treat patients in emergencies. Emergencies include any circumstance requiring immediate remedy.

INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL, INTEGRATIVE, AND QUANTITATIVE ABILITIES

These abilities include an aptitude for rapid problem solving, the capability to assess and interpret medical files independently and evaluate physical examinations, and to formulate a logical plan of care. Students must possess good judgment in patient assessment and the abilities to incorporate new information, comprehend three-dimensional relationships, and retain and recall pertinent information in a timely fashion. The student must also be prepared to provide in-depth rationale for the plan of care:

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES

Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of his/her intellectual abilities and the use of sound judgment in an appropriate and prompt manner. Students must be able to function effectively under physically taxing workloads, and in times of physical and mental stress. Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the areas enumerated above, applicants and students must also possess any abilities and skills deemed essential for their particular program. These areas of enumerated skills and abilities are the minimum attributes required of applicants for admission to the nursing program and of students who are candidates for graduation.

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is committed to accommodating the needs of students with documented disabilities and will do so to the extent possible without compromising the essential components of the curriculum. For further information, contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion (see The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)): http://equityandinclusion.emory.edu/.

Address any questions or concerns regarding these technical standards to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate/Graduate Education or the specialty coordinator of the graduate program specialty in which the student is enrolled or seeks to apply.

Learn more about Technical Standards in the 2018-2019 Student Handbook.

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

2

60

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

60

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505                            

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 519

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management for the AGACNP I

2

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

NRSG 668

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 520

Acute and Complex Chronic Disease Management for the AGACNP II

2

 

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety    

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

NRSG 669

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

 

12

240

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

 

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

 

NRSG 670

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

 

14

300

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

50

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

780

Semester 1 (Fall) 

Course

Credits

Clinical Hours

NRSG 524

Becoming an APRN

2

 

NRSG 528

Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology

3

 

NRSG 575

Optimal Wellness:

Promoting and Maintaining Health          

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 505                            

Research and Evidence-Based Practice

3

 

NRSG 522

Advanced Pharmacology

3

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 591

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety    

3

 

NRSG 652

Mental Health Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 4 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 544

Advanced Health Assessment

3

 

NRSG 576

Introduction to Clinical Specialty:

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

2

60

NRSG 589

Innovative Leadership in Health Care Delivery

2

 

NRSG 646

Advanced Skin and Wound Management

2

 

Semester Credit Hours

 

9

60

 

 

 

 

Semester 5 (Spring)

 

 

 

NRSG 519

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

2

 

NRSG 668

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I

4

180

Semester Credit Hours

 

6

180

 

 

 

 

Semester 6 (Summer)

 

 

 

NRSG 520

Management of Acute and Chronic Illness for Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

2

 

NRSG 669

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II

5

240

Semester Credit Hours

 

7

240

 

 

 

 

Semester 7 (Fall)

 

 

 

NRSG 599

Business of Healthcare: Finance

2

 

NRSG 657

Palliative Care Across the Spectrum 

2

 

NRSG 670

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III

6

300

Semester Credit Hours

 

10

300

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 

50

 

Total Clinical Hours

 

 

780

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Post Graduate Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Program of Study 

This program is designed specifically for advanced practice registered nurses who would like to achieve certification in an acute care specialty area. The post graduate Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Program of Study (AGACNP) program will require 500* hours. A maximum of 250 transferred hours may be accepted toward completion of this program. Students will be eligible for board certification (AGACNP-BC ) through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses certification board after completing this course. 

Prerequisites:

  • Students who have not already completed the 3 Ps will need to register for those classes:
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Applications must include a letter from the student's original school or an official transcript
  • All plans of study are customized to meet the individual needs of the post-graduate student. 

The following provides a sample plan of a typical curriculum that students may complete. 

* Some hours may be waived at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. 

Course

Credits

 Course Description

Clinical Hours

 

Semester 1

 

NRSG 519: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness 1

2

Didactic content-acute & chronic mgt of adult-gerontology population

 

NRSG 669: AGACNP II 

2

120 Clinical Hours

Semester 2

 

NRSG 520: Management of Acute/Chronic Illness II

2

Didactic content-chronic disease mgmt, acute & critical care/trauma

 

NRSG 670: AGACNP III

3

180 Clinical Hours

Most students will require 9 credits.

 

Not every state will allow a student to enroll in a distance education program or to participate in a clinical placement within the state. The states found on the link below are eligible states for distance-based education and clinical placement. For applicants not seeing their state on this list, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. 

CLICK HERE to see a list of eligible states. 

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should be aware of their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education rules and regulations.

 

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Fall 2019. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. MSN and post-masters application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

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