Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program of study enables you to assume primary responsibility for direct care of patients with acute and chronic conditions in a variety of care settings. These settings may include emergency departments, intensive care units, acute care units, or specialty labs, clinics or physician practices. Students can select an area of emphasis such as critical care, cardiology, pulmonary, neurology, oncology, trauma, as well as additional specialty areas. The concentration consists of 13 credit hours of core nursing courses with an additional 37 credit hours of concentration coursework. Students interested in cardiology can complete optional elective cardiac course, which is an additional 3 credit hour course.

The concentration consists of advanced clinical practice and nursing science, built on a core of physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Clinical preceptors in various clinical settings will help prepare you to:

  • Conduct comprehensive health assessments
  • Appraise health risks and behaviors
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose and manage commonly occurring health problems and disease-related symptoms
  • Prescribe and evaluate drugs and other treatments
  • Coordinate care during transitions in settings
  • Provide guidance and counseling to restore, promote, and maintain health and quality of life
  • Work independently and collaboratively to enhance access to quality care for patients and families
  • Achieve a cost-effective, outcome-oriented practice
Second Masters Option

For those with a master's degree in nursing, a second masters option is available. The university requires 22 semester hours. A gap analysis will be done to determine the number of clinical hours and didactic courses that need to be taken. Depending upon this analysis, sutdents can complete the program in one to two years.

Graduates are eligible through certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Association (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Requirements are based on previous course work and experience.

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1

Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work

2

Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of two years recent critical care nursing experience in the United States

3

Apply to the Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)
4

Submit the application for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Essay describing a meaningful clinical situation in which you were involved and how this situation helped heighten your desire to pursue graduate education (no longer than two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation may be relative to either academic studies or professional experience.
  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your ACLS certification
5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

Applications are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Associate Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Curriculum

All students are required to complete a statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course. While this concentration has a rolling admission with no specific deadline, new students can only start summer or fall term. Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission by the director of the concentration. Please see the following sample curriculum plan for a full-time student.

Year 1

Summer Semester
  • NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership  - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice  - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan  - 3 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice - 4 credit hours
  • NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours

Year 2

Summer Semester
  • NUR 7105 Population Health - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7211 Concepts in Cardiovascular Nursing - 3 credit hours (optional)
  • NUR 7212 12 Lead EKG Interpretation - 1 credit hour
  • NUR 7201 Common Acute and Emergent Adult Health Problems I - 8 credit hours
  • NUR 7213 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures - 2 credit hours
Fall Semester
  • NUR 7202 Common Acute and Emergent Adult Health Problems II - 8 credit hours
Spring Semester
  • NUR 7203 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum - 6 credit hours

Course Descriptions

NUR 7001

Course Title: Role Development and Leadership
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on understanding and synthesizing concepts and theories that will facilitate professional role development and leadership in advanced nursing roles.

NUR 7002

Course Title: Information Technology in Health Care
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics. The model of data, information and knowledge is used to explore the basis of nursing informatics within health care. Strategies are examined for dissemination, access, retrieval and evaluation of information for professionals and consumers of health care.

NUR 7003

Course Title: Health Policy, Politics and Issues
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of public policies and issues affecting nursing and health care delivery. Encompasses economic, political, social, technological, ethical and legal influences on consumers and health care providers from a global perspective.

NUR 7004

Course Title: Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Analysis of nursing and other selected concepts, models, and theories as related to nursing practice, administration, and education in development and application of nursing science.

NUR 7005

Course Title: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
Catalog Description: Critical analysis of the components, methodology, and state of the art of research for nursing to plan change for best practice.

NUR 7102

Course Title: Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: An in-depth scientific knowledge base is explored relevant to selected pathophysiological states across the lifespan confronted by graduate nurses. This course provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology is correlated to clinical diagnoses and management.

NUR 7103

Course Title: Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on prescriptive knowledge of pharmacologic agents used in treatment of common primary health care problems, stable chronic disease states and acute care diseases across the lifespan. Emphasis on indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects, and client education.

NUR 7104

Course Title: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills needed for comprehensive health assessment. Emphasis is on health history; physical, developmental, and nutritional assessment; and identification of common client problems across the life span.

NUR 7105

Course Title: Population Health
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course synthesizes methods of population assessment and planning to construct population-appropriate interventions for health care delivery systems. The focus is on safe, quality, and culturally-appropriate advanced nurse practice activities to meet emerging world needs.

NUR 7201

Course Title: Common Acute and Emergent Adult Health Problems I
Credit Hours: 8 credit hours; lecture/seminar and 168 clinical hours)
Catalog Description: Focus is on complex symptom management related to acute and emergent physiological alterations in endocrine, gastrointestinal, genital urinary, hematological, immunological and neurological function. Health promotion, maintenance and restoration are emphasized with risk assessment and prevention. Pharmacological management of complex symptomatology and advanced role development are incorporated.

NUR 7202

Course Title: Common Acute and Emergent Adult Health Problems II
Credit Hours: 8 credit hours; lecture/seminar and 168 clinical hours
Catalog Description: Focus is on complex symptom management related to acute and emergent physiological alterations in endocrine, gastrointestinal, genital urinary, hematological, immunological and neurological function. Health promotion, maintenance and restoration are emphasized with risk assessment and prevention. The pharmacological management of complex symptomatology and advanced practice role development are incorporated.

NUR 7203

Course Title: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum
Credit Hours: 6 credit hours - seminar per week and 224 clinical hours
Catalog Description: The focus is on synthesis of theory and implementation of the role of the acute care nurse practitioner. Experiences emphasize clinical decision-making in an inter-professional environment with focus on the acute care practitioner as a principal provider of care for patients with acute or emergent health problems.

NUR 7211

Course Title: Concepts in Cardiovascular Nursing
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
Catalog Description: Examination of physiological concepts, human responses, nursing assessments, and interventions related to actual and potential health problems in adults with cardiovascular alterations.

NUR 7212

Course Title: 12 Lead EKG Interpretation
Credit Hours: 1 credit hour
Catalog Description: The interpretation and clinical significance of abnormalities of the twelve lead electrocardiogram.

NUR 7213

Course Title: AG-ACNP Diagnostics and Procedures
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Catalog Description: This course provides theoretical knowledge and emphasizes psychomotor skills necessary to provide selected diagnostic and treatment modalities used in acute/critical care settings 

Contact Information

Concentration Contact:

Kristine A. Scordo, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Title: Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Concentration
Email: kristine.scordo@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-2628
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health
Phone: 
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571