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PREPARE FOR A CAREER PROVIDING CARE FOR ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CONDITIONS

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study/DNP)

PREPARE FOR A CAREER PROVIDING CARE FOR ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CONDITIONS

Building upon its long-standing expertise in family nurse practitioner education, Pace is developing the next generation of Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and clinical leaders.

Pace’s Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program offers the 42-credit Master of Science (MS) degree, 36-credit Certificate of Graduate Studies (CAGS), and the 78-credit post-masters AACNP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as an AACNP, and apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your DNP. 

Master of Science (MS)—for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and one year of acute care/inpatient nursing experience. This program will prepare you to move into a well-paid career delivering health care in the context of adults/older adults in an acute care setting within a primary health care framework.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)—for the master’s-prepared nurse practitioner (FNP, ANP, GNP, WHNP) with certification in another specialty, or a master’s-prepared nurse who wishes to become an adult acute care nurse practitioner. One year of acute care/inpatient experience is required. Credits are determined by gap analysis.

RN to MS Bridge—for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. The RN to MS Bridge program includes the following courses: undergraduate statistics, nursing research, and matrices of nursing practice. Students must be comfortable with an online learning experience as these courses are offered online.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—for master’s-prepared acute care adult practitioners with a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours in the master’s nurse practitioner program. Pace’s DNP is offered in an executive/hybrid (online and on-campus) model for the adult acute care nurse practitioner to prepare for the advanced clinical leadership role in translating evidence into practice to improve primary health care delivery outcomes.

*Admission will be expanded in future years to encompass the rest of the program offerings for a broader range of eligible students.