Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

One Common Core – Multiple Paths to Success

RNs seeking to advance in their career now have a flexible way to develop their expertise to become a nurse practitioner, professional nurse leader, or nursing educator, leading to advance practice roles. Our post-baccalaureate degree programs now share a common 24-credit core curriculum—12 credits of graduate core and 12 credits of advanced nursing science core, which includes advanced patho, pharm, and physical assessment—the foundation for your subsequent 18-credit chosen area of specialization. Once you complete your first degree objective, you can apply for a program to be certified in another specialty.

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AACNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (AACNP-DNP) Program

Building upon its long-standing expertise in family nurse practitioner education, Pace offers degree programs to develop the next generation of Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and clinical leaders. 

The Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program meets the American Nurses Credentialing Center requirements for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification.

·         MS program*—For the RN with a Bachelor’s degree to move into a well-paid career delivering healthcare in the context of adults/older adults in an acute care setting within a primary healthcare framework. (Coming soon)

·         Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study—For the master’s-prepared nurse practitioner in another specialty, or a master’s-prepared nurse who wishes to become a nurse practitioner in this specialty.

·         Doctor of Nursing Practice—Executive/hybrid (online and on-campus) program for the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to prepare for the advanced clinical leadership role in translating evidence into practice to improve primary healthcare delivery outcomes.

·         Opportunities—You’ll have the opportunity to be published internationally before graduation.

·         Innovative curriculum—Meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP.

·         Highly interactive and technologically advanced—Hybrid model of online and in-person coursework creates a regular feedback loop throughout the learning process and produces graduates who are high functioning technology users.

 

Pace will begin admitting students who meet specific criteria to the following Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs in the fall of 2014:

·         Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies—Master’s-prepared primary care Nurse Practitioners (FNP, ANP, GNP, WHNP) currently practicing in an acute care environment.

·         DNP—Current Master’s-prepared Adult Acute Care Practitioners.

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Adult/Gero Acute Care Certification exam.

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

 

Pace’s Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program offers the 42-credit Master’s of Science degree*, and the 78-credit advanced standing AACNP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as an AACNP, or if you are already a master’s prepared AACNP, to apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your AACNP-DNP. Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue adult acute care nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice through adult acute care nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis and requires a minimum of 500 supervised clinical practice hours during the program).

Common Core

 

Graduate Nursing Core

Credits

NURS 801

Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing

3

NURS 802

Leadership for Advanced Nursing

3

NURS 803

Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care

3

NURS 804

Scholarly Inquiry in Advanced Nursing

3

 

Advanced Nursing Science Core

 

NURS 681

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

3

NURS 682

Clinical Pharmacology for Prescribing Advanced Practice Nurses

3

NURS 640

Advanced Physical Assessment

(60 clinical lab hours)

4/2

lab hours 60

Total Common Core credits

 

24

 

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialization**

 

Common Graduate Core

24

Adult Acute Care  NP Core Specialty

 

18

NURS 662A

Introduction to Adult Acute Care Advanced Nursing Practice

2/1 clinical

lab hours

NURS 662B

Introduction to Adult Acute Care Advanced Nursing Practice

2/1 clinical

NURS 664        

Advanced Theory & Practice for Adult Acute Care APNs I

4.5/1.5 clinical

hours

NURS 668        

Advanced Theory & Practice for Adult Acute Care APNs

4/2 clinical

hours

Total Credits

Master’s Degree Conferral 42 credits

 

 

 

 

Advanced Standing DNP

 

 

 

MS*** in nursing with Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner  specialization

42

NURS 830       

Health Care Policy: Strategic Action

3

NURS 840       

Teaching and Learning in Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 860       

EBP Methods & Techniques                                                                            

3

NURS 870       

Health Care Economics and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing 

3

NURS 880       

Technology and Information Systems for Advanced Practice Nursing

3

NURS 900A    

Mentorship IA: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)

3

NURS 900B   

Mentorship IB: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)                                                          

3

NURS 850     

Ethical Choices and Legal Context for the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 910     

Mentorship II: Doctoral Project  (6/ 3 seminar & 3 clinical 170 hours)

6

 

 

 

Total Credits

Minimum of 78 credits & 1000 supervised clinical hours for AACNP-DNP conferral

 

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

** Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue adult acute care nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice through adult acute care nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).

***NURS 803 & 804 required for all non-Pace graduates & Pace graduates who did not complete these courses in their curriculum