Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult Gerontolgy)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares students to manage adult patients with unstable chronic, acute, and critical conditions. Graduates provide a spectrum of care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management. The AGACNP scope of practice includes stabilizing patients, treating disease, preventing complications, restoring maximum health, and providing palliative and end of life care.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY AND LEARN

AGACNP students will complete courses in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adults and older adults. Students will be provided a strong background in pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision making. Coursework focuses on the adult population but also emphasizes geriatric syndromes, health promotion in vulnerable adult and older adult populations, and the development of the AGACNP role.

Students may opt to enroll in the Masters of Nursing (MN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or Post Master Certificate Option (PMCO) programs. The AGACNP MN track is a two year full time program. The program of study includes a combination of advanced practice core, AGACNP specialty courses, and MN core courses. The MN degree prepares a student for entry into practice as an AGACNP. The AGACNP DNP program is a full time three year track. It includes a combination of advanced practice core, AGACNP specialty courses, and DNP core courses. The DNP degree prepares students for entry into practice as an AG ACNP and for advanced clinical, scholarship, and leadership roles. Either option offers a practice focused curriculum that will support the career trajectory for those pursuing clinical practice and leadership. Persons with a previous advanced practice degree can enroll in the PMCO track for eligibility to sit for the AGACNP board examination.

Supervised clinical experiences (MN 640, DNP 1360, PMCO ~560 hours) will focus on the differing needs of complex chronic and high acuity patients across the entire adult age spectrum. Students will study alongside academic and affiliate faculty with expertise in a comprehensive breadth of acute care subspecialties. Students will be paired with faculty in a range of settings as they develop skills in acute care management, inter and intra-professional collaboration, leadership, quality improvement, evidence-based research, and health policy. Faculty advisors will assist with finding clinical preceptors that best meets each student’s learning interests and needs. Clinical sites may include a variety of acute care and critical care settings including emergency departments, acute specialty services, and intensive care units.

WHY ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER

The AGACNP is an integral part of the healthcare workforce. AGACNPs work in many roles and specialties where advanced practice nurses see patients with acute illness/injury. Examples of these practice areas include:

  • Cardiology
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Critical Care teams (Surgical, Cardiac, Medical, Trauma, Burn)
  • Surgical specialties (cardiothoracic, general, vascular, emergency/trauma, neurosurgery)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Perioperative Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopedics
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology
  • Organ Transplant

Acuity in hospitals has been rising rapidly, due to the increase in complex chronic disease, an aging population, and an increase in available healthcare technology. Hospitals continue to increase their focus on acute/critical care, with recent advances in cardiac monitoring, respiratory assistance and intense treatment, as growing part of the typical patient's care. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are meeting the need for providers specialized in this high-acuity care.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates from the AGACNP program are eligible for national certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and for licensure as an AGACNP in the state of Oregon by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.