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POST MASTERS ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE OPTION

OHSU School of Nursing provides an innovative program that allows experienced nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists with recent acute care experience to acquire additional knowledge and skills necessary for certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. This Post Master Certificate option (PMCO) will prepare already certified adult, family, gerontology nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to provide care to patients who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable for complications due to acute, chronic or critical illnesses.

Graduates will be prepared to practice across the continuum of acute care services in inpatient and specialized acute and critical care departments such as emergency, cardiology, surgery, oncology, and trauma. In addition to broad general experience, a portion of the clinical experiences will be tailored to the individual's needs and interests and will include a variety of settings serving adult patient populations.Graduates of this option will be eligible to apply for the national board certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and licensure by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

COURSEWORK – OFFERED STATEWIDE

This hybrid program will be offered in distance friendly modalities, including online courses, and courses with face-to-face intensives with an online component.

WHY ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER

The aging population is projected to increase by more than 70 percent between 2010 and 2030 coincident with a projected worsening of the shortage of hospital-based critical care physicians and intensive care nurses. These shortages create considerable concern for those working in or relying on acute health care. There are also rising national expectations for continuous on-site, providers who care for older adults, and for adherence to quality and safety practices (Landsperger et al., 2011).

Acuity in hospitals has been rising rapidly, due to the declining average length of stay and to new technology that allows rapid assessment, treatment and discharge. Hospitals are increasingly becoming large intensive care units, with cardiac monitoring, respiratory assistance and intense treatment a growing part of the average patient's plan of care. More and more frequently, hospitalists and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are meeting these needs. Employing Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners whose scope encompasses gerontology is a cost effective alternative for hospitals.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY AND LEARN

This program involves 24 credits of didactic and 14 credits of clinical practicum (540 hours) depending upon previous educational background. Coursework includes:

  • NURS 519A Advanced Pharmacology Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • NURS 516A/B/C/D Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Management I/ II/ III/ IV 
  • NURS 509 GA/GB/GC/GD Practicum in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I, II, III, IV 
  • NURS 509GE Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Diagnostics & Procedures  
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Contingency

This is a new program and we are actively recruiting a new program director. In the event that a program director has not been identified by the entry term, applicants will be notified and options will be provided for entry at an alternate time. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the interim coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, Kristi Vaughn D.N.P. A.C.N.P.-B.C. F.N.P.-B.C. at

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

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