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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Post-Masters Certificate

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's Only)


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.

A Post Master's Certificate is only available in this specialty. Please see Overview of the Post Master's Certificate.

Applicants must have:

 

Transcript documentation of 500 clinical hours in a previous NP program (ANP/AGNP/FNP/GNP).

 

Transcript documentation of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment (The 3 Ps).

 

Current certification as an Nurse Practitioner and be recognized as an APRN in Colorado.

Prefer applicants who are currently working in acute care settings.

 

Expedited Program
 
Semester
Course
Credit
Clinical Course
Credit
Fall
Adult/Gero ACNP I
3
NURS6756
2
Spring
Adult/Gero ACNP II
3
NURS6757
3
Summer
Adult/Gero Dx and Tx
2
NURS6758
3
Total Credits =16
 
 
 
Extended Program
 
Semester
Course
Credit
Clinical Course
Credit
Fall
Adult/Gero ACNP I
3
NURS6756
1
Spring
Adult/Gero ACNP II
3
NURS6756
2
Summer
Adult/Gero Dx and Tx
2
NURS6757
2
Fall
 
 
NURS6758
3
Total Credits = 16
 

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

      A:  Three semesters full-time or four semesters for the extended program.

      Q:  Are clinical hours required?

      A:  Yes, you must already have 500 contact hours of nurse practitioner clinical to   be eligible for admission.  You must complete an additional 360 contact hours in acute care settings over 3-4 semesters.

      Q:  Is the program online?

      A:  Yes, the courses are online except for clinical experiences.

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

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

      Q:  When do you accept applications?

      A:  We only admit students for the spring semester each year for this specialty.