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Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Certificate Program


The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option prepares advanced practice nurses (ANP/AGNP/FNP/GNP) to work in the specialty areas of urgent, emergent and critical care. The need for appropriately educated and certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP’s has increased over the past 10 years. The demand continues to grow for the specialized advanced practice nurse.

 

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Program Plans

 
Recent graduate currently working, or experience as staff nurse in acute care.
Transcript documentation of 500 clinical hours in a previous NP program (ANP/AGNP/GNP).  Transcript documentation of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment (The 3 P's)
Current certification as a Nurse Practitioner and be recognized as an APRN in Colorado.

Please look at the New Graduate Program Plan for the expedited and extended program details.


Currently working as an NP in an acute care setting.
Transcipt documentation of 500 clinical hours in a previous NP program (ANP/AGNP/FNP/GNP).
Transcript documentation of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment (The 3 P's).
Current certification as a Nurse Practitioner and be recognized as an APRN in Colorado.

Please look at the Experienced Working Program Plan for the expedited and extended program details.



 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Competencies for AG-ACNP program

  • Analyze the varied roles of the adult-gerontology acute care NP, specifically related to advancing the profession and enhancing direct care and management.

 

  • Assess adult and geriatric health status, including assessment of the health-promotion, health-protection, and disease-prevention needs of the acute, critical and chronically ill or injured patient.

 

  • Diagnose the health status of adult and geriatric patients with physiologic instability or the potential to experience rapid physiologic deterioration or life-threatening instability.

 

  • Generate treatment plans to stabilize the adult and geriatric patient, minimize physical and psychological complications, maximize the individual’s health potential, and assist with palliative/end-of-life care management.

     

  • Evaluate measures to help enhance adult-gerontology acute care through interpersonal transaction as it relates to the cognitive, developmental, physical, mental and behavioral health status of the patient.

     

  • Develop a transition plan for continued care management of healthcare problems with the individual, family, and healthcare team

     

  • Educate individuals, family, and other caregivers while interpreting and individualizing therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.

     

  • Manage the evaluation of acute, critical, and chronically ill patients through ordering, interpretation, performance and supervision of diagnostic testing and clinical procedures taking into account the individual’s age, gender, genetic risks and health status.

     

  • Perform specific diagnostic strategies and technical skills to monitor and sustain physiological function and ensure patient safety, including but not limited to EKG interpretation, x-ray interpretation, respiratory support, hemodynamic monitoring, line and tube insertion, lumbar puncture and wound debridement.

     

  • Analyze the indications, contraindications, risk of complications and cost-benefits of therapeutic interventions.

Laura Rosenthal, DNP, RN, ACNP

Assistant Professor

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Option Coordinator

303-724-6375

laura.rosenthal@ucdenver.edu

 Q: Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone with 500 contact hours of nurse practitioner clinical and current certification as an Adult NP, Gero NP, Adult-Gero NP or Family NP is eligible to apply for this specialty certificate.

Q: When do you accept applications?

We admit students for the spring semester each year for this specialty. The deadline for applications is July 1.

Q: ​How long is the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program?

Three semesters for the expedited program or four semesters for the extended program. See the new graduate program plans and the experienced working program plans. Spring and fall semesters are 16 weeks each, and summer semester is 10 weeks. Each credit is 45 hours.

Q: Is the program online?

Yes; the courses are online except for clinical experiences, which may be completed at any hospital. You may not use your current job for clinical hours, but may complete the hours at the same hospital.

Q: How many clinical hours will be required?

You must complete an additional 360 contact hours in acute care settings over the three or four semesters.

Q: I work in a hospital; can I complete clinical hours at my current job?

These hours cannot come from your current job, but can be completed at any hospital. Work hours do not count; however, you may complete clinical hours at the hospital where you work.

Q: Will this prepare me to sit for acute care certification?

Yes, this was designed to allow you to sit for the adult gerontology acute care certification through ANCC.