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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Focus your Master of Science in Nursing studies on the concentration of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Role of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult, older adult and elderly patients may require special care and consideration when faced with acute, chronic and critical conditions. The AG-ACNP works collaboratively with other health care professionals to stabilize and improve the health of their patients, providing restorative, curative, rehabilitative, palliative, and/or supportive end-of-life care as determined by the needs of their patients.  The AG-ACNP is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who has completed an accredited graduate-level program that prepares a nurse practitioner to acquire advanced knowledge, skills and abilities. This education qualifies graduates to:
  • Independently perform comprehensive health assessments
  • Order and interpret the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Use a differential diagnosis to reach a medical diagnosis
  • Order, provide and evaluate outcomes of interventions
Although many AG-ACNPs practice in acute care and hospital-based settings, the continuum of acute care may also include clinics, physicians' offices, retirement homes, hospices and private practices.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • This intensive, full-time two-year commitment begins in the summer and continues for six consecutive terms
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing
  • MSN core courses are available online. APRN core courses are a mix of online delivery and on-the-ground classroom experiences
  • The AG-ACNP clinical courses are a mix of online and onsite simulation experiences
  • Clinical rotations are completed at various inpatient and outpatient sites around New Mexico
  • Faculty will place students in clinical rotations, and the student is responsible for any associated travel costs. Clinical sites and preceptors may be arranged in the student's hometown, if appropriate
  • Upon graduation, students will be eligible to take the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certifying examination. Credentialing agencies are the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Check out our current licensure/certification first-time pass rates.
For more information regarding the role of an adult gerontology ACNP, visit the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Program of Studies: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

COURSECredit HrsDidactic creditsClinical creditsLab/Sim HrsClinical Hrs
NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice  (MSN Core)33
NURS 503 Research in Nursing  (MSN Core)33
NURS 526 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing  Practice (APRN Core)33
NURS 540 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning   (APRN Core)321 (lab)50
NURS 543 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics (APRN Core)33
NURS 564 Health Promotion, Protection, & Disease Prevention for Acute, Critical, or Chronically Ill Adults32150
NURS 505 Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing for Advanced Practice   (MSN Core)33
NURS 555  Management of the Acutely Ill AG Patient43.50.5 (lab)25
NURS 566  Advanced Diagnostic & Therapeutic Skills32150
NURS 561 AG-ACNP Practicum 133150
NURS 562 Management of the Complex/Chronically Ill AG Patient43.50.5 (lab)25
TOTAL7  25150
NURS 565 Management of the Critically Ill AG Patient43.50.5 (lab)25
NURS 563 AG-ACNP Practicum 255250
NURS 594 Advanced Practice Seminar11
NURS 596 Professional Paper or N597 Applied Examination11
NURS 595 Advanced Fieldwork66 (1 lab, 5 clinical)50250
TOTAL8  50250

Outcome of Education

At the completion of the program, you will be prepared to:
  1. Provide a full scope of care utilizing both independent and collaborative approaches to the adult/gerontology population, including management of acute, critical and/or complex chronic health problems, health promotion, disease prevention, and support for transitional and end-of-life needs
  2. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and evaluation of care related to the adult/gerontology population with acute, critical and/or complex chronic health problems
  3. Coordinate health care through interdisciplinary collaboration with members of the health care team
  4. Empower and motivate the adult/gerontology population and families to be full participants in their own health care
  5. Advocate for systems and policies that reduce health disparities, facilitate access to care and address cultural diversity and rural populations
  6. Assume professional responsibility for maintaining and advancing clinical practice competencies
  7. Participate in quality assurance and evaluation of health care delivery
  8. Use and articulate evidence-based research as the basis for practice
  9. Contribute to existing knowledge through participation in research
  10. Disseminate evidence to the adult/gerontology population and professionals throughout multiple modalities