Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

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The AGACNP diagnoses and manages unstable chronic, complex acute and critical illnesses of adult and older adult patients with an emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, teaching and coaching.

The DeSales AGACNP program assures a broad range of clinical experiences that prepare students to work in diverse acute healthcare settings including hospitals, acute and long-term care facilities, and hospital-to-clinic settings.  The AGACNP may follow patients from hospital to outpatient settings to ensure successful transitional care. Students acquire the clinical and experiential knowledge and competencies that serve as the foundation for evidence-based care to high-acuity, complex adult and older adult patients, from admission through discharge. 

Christian moral and ethical principles serve as the guide for care-giving, communication, collaboration, and decision making as an FNP.

Graduates are eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC-AG) Certification offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  The required 60-hour advanced pharmacology course exceeds the minimum required for prescriptive authority in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years
  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online, hybrid and in-class courses

  • Complete core courses completely online or in hybrid format
  • Advanced core courses and specialty/clinical courses are in a hybrid format

Clinical Placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

 

Program Summary

Total Courses: 13 courses + Capstone Portfolio
Total Credit Hours: 50
Total Clinical Laboratory Hours: 75
Total Clinical Practicum Hours: 675


Sample Part-time Plan*


FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1

NU 530 Applied Research

3 credits

 

 

 

NU 538 Health Informatics, Quality & Safety

3 credits

NU 522 Health Policy, Organization & Financing

3 credits

 

 

 

NU 626 Pathophysiology

3 credits

 

 

 

NU 534 Principles of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

3 credits

 

 

 

YEAR 2

NU 536 Clinical Prevention in Population Health

3 credits

 

 

 

NU 628 Advanced Pharmacology

4 credits

 

 

 

NU 622 Advanced Physical Assessment

4 credits/75 hour lab


NU 713 Procedures in Advanced Nursing Practice

2 credits

 

 

 

NU 734 Foundations of Acute Care Nursing

3 credits

 

 

 

YEAR 3

NU 735 Adult Acute Care I

6 credits/225 clinical hours

 

 

 

NU 737 Adult Acute Care II

6 credits/225 clinical hours

 

 

 

NU 739 Professional Advocacy for Acute Care Practice

6 credits/225 clinical hours


NU 799 Capstone Portfolio

1 credit

 

 

 


*This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs. Full-time options also available.

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions »

 

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares graduates as collaborative care providers who practice within the expanded scope of advanced nursing practice.  Students acquire the clinical and experiential knowledge and competencies that serve as the foundation for evidence-based provision of care to high-acuity, complex adult and older adult patients, from admission through discharge. The AGACNP Program defines “adult-gerontology” patients in accordance with the joint NONPF/AACN (AACN, 2012) population definition as inclusive of young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults).   The curriculum assures entry-level preparation across the entire spectrum of this adult-older adult definition.

Sequencing

The AGACNP program structure is grounded in established standards and curriculum guidelines set forth by regulatory and governing agencies. It is based upon the foundation of established core courses and advanced practice core courses, followed by a four-course sequence of specialty courses. 

The AGACNP program is also offered as a post-Master's certificate program; depending on the nature of transferrable courses, the post-Master's certificate program can be completed in one to two years of part-time study. Graduates are eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 

Program Outcomes

At completion of the AGACNP Program, students will:

  1. Integrate Christian humanism in advanced nursing practice that values and facilitates full human development via partnerships with acutely ill adult, older adult, and frail elderly individuals and populations.

  2. Initiate resolutions to ethical dilemmas arising from system or organizational conflict.

  3. Analyze new knowledge and evidence based principles to deliver competent, high quality health care, initiate policy change, and improve health care delivery practices for acutely ill adult, older adult, and frail elderly patient populations.

  4. Demonstrate advancement of clinical practice that contributes to quality, safety, and improved health outcomes in acutely ill adult, older adult, and frail elderly patients.

  5. Apply advanced concepts of leadership and advocacy to influence policy, health systems, and consumerism in order to affect population health service improvement.

  6. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to meet the acute health needs of adult, older adult, and frail elderly individuals and populations.

  7. Synthesize seminal theoretical, ethical, and legal concepts into the provision of acute health care delivery practices with adult, older adult, and frail elderly patients.

  8. Demonstrate proficiency in the application and evaluation of communication and information technologies to meet the complex demands of health care.

  9. Integrate cultural sensitivity through an awareness of global health concerns to decrease health disparities.

  10. Design comprehensive care for adult, older adult, and frail elderly patients with acute health care needs utilizing innovative, evidence based methods that emphasize the teaching/coaching/ collaboration role of the AGACNP.

  11. Exemplify qualities required to assume leadership positions within the healthcare system, political arena, academic centers, and professional organizations.

  12. Contextualize a personal philosophy and plan for lifelong learning to support advanced nursing practice.

 

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