Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare nurses to care for patients who are acutely and critically ill across the continuum of acute care services.

Students gain a strong background in advanced assessment, therapeutics, and technology. Emphasis is placed on integrating didactic knowledge with patient management and advanced technical skills.

Clinical experiences include intensive care (cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, medicine, and more), specialty services such as heart failure, transplant and acute coronary service, emergency department, and fast track. Clinical sites are located in the New York metropolitan area. View the list of clinical sites.

Graduates are eligible to take the national professional certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AG-ACNP) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACNPC-AG).  The program is certify for advanced practice/nurse practitioner status by the New York State Education Department. 

Curriculum

Students will complete approximately two years of coursework to complete degree requirements. Courses will include lecture, clinical, simulation, and final intensive practicum.

The curriculum is provided to specify the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this program plan is a sample, and individual plans of study may vary and are reviewed and approved by the program director. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies.

 

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Post BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

Courses

Course ID
Course Name
Credits
Description
NURS8130N
Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology
3

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive and in-depth background in acute and critical care pharmacotherapy. This course will address the pharmacology and appropriate clinical use of agents used in the treatment of selected acute disorders found in acutely/critically ill patients. Recent advances in pharmacotherapy, personalized management strategies, and controversial issues will be included and emphasized.

NURS9112N
Acute Care Seminar
1

This is one of two consecutive seminars which is designed to integrate knowledge from Fundamentals of Comprehensive Care into clinical application. Using standardized case scenarios that represent common acute and chronic disease processes that are seen across the lifespan and across settings, students will work in groups to discuss the case, identify factors that impact the case, analyze clinical decision-making, and apply best evidence.

NURS7810N
Acute Care Simulation for the AG-ACNP
1

This simulation course engages the AG-ACNP student in a variety of controlled practicum scenarios. The course offers the AG-ACNP student a simulated clinical environment and allows for integration of previous didactic and clinical knowledge to develop complex decision making skills

NURS8685N
Advanced Clinical Assessment
3

Utilizing a systems approach and a background in basic physical assessment, advanced physical assessment skills are studied. The identification and interpretation of abnormalities in the physical exam are emphasized in depth. The approach to the development of the differential diagnosis is introduced. The goal of this course is to provide the critical thinking necessary for the beginning advanced practice nursing student to analyze history and physical exam data.

NURS8788N
Advanced Clinical Assessment in Acute Care
2

This course focuses on the essential technology and procedures utilized in the management of the critically ill that is inherent to the role of this nurse practitioner. During laboratory/clinical experiences psychomotor skills and the use of advanced technologies for the nurse practitioner will be developed along with the skill of oral/written presentation of select patients.

NURS8102N
Advanced Pharmacology
3

The goals of this course are to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the actions of drugs in order to enable them to use therapeutic agents in a rational and responsible manner in patients. Initially, basic principles of pharmacology will be reviewed (from N5375 course), including absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs by the body. Drug-receptor interactions will also be presented and illustrated with appropriate examples. The focus of these lectures will be case-based whenever possible to demonstrate the therapeutic application of these pharmacologic principles and how this translates into efficacy and potential toxicity.

NURS7001N
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan I
3

Part one of two. In this course we will examine the normal physiological function of organ systems, the mechanisms for the maintenance of health, and the pathophysiological alterations in body function that lead to disease. Each class will focus on a specific physiologic process or organ system. We will pay particular focus to diseases that commonly occur across the lifespan, examining common etiologies, pathogenic mechanisms, clinical manifestations, and common treatments of each.

NURS7002N
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan II
3

Part two of two. In this course we will examine the normal physiological function of organ systems, the mechanisms for the maintenance of health, and the pathophysiological alterations in body function that lead to disease. Each class will focus on a specific physiologic process or organ system. We will pay particular focus to diseases that commonly occur across the lifespan, examining common etiologies, pathogenic mechanisms, clinical manifestations, and common treatments of each.

NURS8820N
Advanced Practicum in Acute Care for the Nurse Practitioner I
3

This course will provide an opportunity for the student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge obtained in Diagnosis and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult II. This is the second clinical practicum for the student to evaluate and manage adult patients in an acute care setting. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to evaluate and manage the patient through the techniques of history taking, physical examination, medical decision-making, coordination of appropriate care using a holistic approach, and collaboration with the medical team. The student should demonstrate progressive independence in the management of patients.

NURS8823N
Advanced Practicum in Acute Care for the Nurse Practitioner II
3

This course will provide an opportunity to synthesize and integrate the advanced practice knowledge and skills acquired through all previous didactic and clinical coursework.  Students will be expected to do clinical case presentations, manage a group of patients of varying diagnoses and variability of acuity, and practice with increasing independence in the acute care advanced practice role. 

NURS8817N
Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I
1

Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care is designed to provide the AG-ACNP student an academic environment in which the students share their practicum experience and present case studies and journal articles for discussion with their peers. In this scholarly forum, the students are expected to present selected cases from their practicum in an organize forma. The students are expected to facilitate a class dialogue and offer appropriate references.

NURS8821N
Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II
1

Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care is designed to provide the AG-ACNP student an academic environment in which the students share their practicum experience and present case studies and journal articles for discussion with their peers. In this scholarly forum, the students are expected to present selected cases from their practicum in an organized format. The students are expected to facilitate a class dialogue and offer appropriate references.

NURS8824N
Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III
1

Clinical Seminar in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care is designed to provide the AG-ACNP student an academic environment in which the students share their practicum experience and present case studies and journal articles for discussion with their peers. In this scholarly forum, the students are expected to present selected cases from their practicum in an organize forma. The students are expected to facilitate a class dialogue and offer appropriate references.

NURS6838N
Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult I
3

This course is designed for students to become familiar with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of common critical illnesses of the cardiac, pulmonary, acid/base/electrolyte, and renal systems, and will also include an introduction to trauma and orthopedics.

NURS6839N
Diagnosis and Management of the Critically/Acutely Ill Adult II
3

A systematic exploration of advanced diagnosis and management techniques in caring for acutely and critically ill adults. This course is offered with a companion clinical course.

NURS9730N
DNP Intensive Practicum
5 – 6

The DNP intensive practicum focuses on the delivery of fully accountable scope, health care across the continuum of sites and patient needs. This practicum requires students apply knowledge of:

1) diagnosis and management of ambulatory patients with complex diagnoses and comorbid conditions in the context of family, community and culture,

2) diagnosis and management of patients requiring interventions available in acute care settings, and

3) diagnosis and management of patients who are unable to function independently due to age alterations and/or deficits in mental or physical status, developmental, perceptual and physical disability and chronic, degenerative illness.

Sites include hospital based clinics, ambulatory centers, private offices, emergency rooms, walk-in clinics and acute/critical care units, labor and delivery suites in the hospital facilities and settings which provide hospice care, supportive care, home care, nursing home care, rehabilitative care, technologically dependent care and assisted living services. The DNP student will demonstrate an integration of comprehensive assessment, advanced differential diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and evaluation of care for patients and synthesis of evidence-based practice with patients with a variety of conditions. In this context, the DNP student will organize and develop a professional portfolio.

NURS9735N
DNP Portfolio Advisement
3

The DNP residency and portfolio is designed to demonstrate that the DNP graduate possesses the advanced knowledge of clinical management to provide high quality care. The components of the residency are scholarly activities across settings combined with documented outcomes achieved in multiple sites of care. The DNP resident, in varied settings, assumes an expanded scope of practice for a panel of patients with the principles of continuity based care as paramount. Gaps in clinical experience opportunities are identified at regularly scheduled meetings with the advisor and arrangements are made to enhance the practicum as indicated.

NURS7005N
Health and Social Policy in the Context of Practice
3

This core course examines contextual contributors to health status and the current social, legal, and political determinants of healthcare systems, emphasizing the U.S. system. Issues are explored to understand their impact on current and future delivery of health care, in particular on advanced practice nursing. The class focuses on how to bring the professional values of nursing to bear in policy debate and how nurses partner in the policy process to improve health outcomes of populations and quality of the healthcare delivery system.

NURS9481N
Health Policy and Advocacy
2

The purpose of this course is to critically analyze healthcare policy in the US. Included is a focus on the advanced practice nurse role in shaping and influencing policy through advocacy and leadership to improve patient outcomes.

NURS7003N
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
3

This course is designed to provide the student with a systemaatic approach to the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention in primary health care to individuals, families, communities, and aggregate populations.

NURS9290N
Incorporating Genetics and Genomics in Advanced Practice Nursing
2 – 3

This course is intended to provide a strong foundation in the concepts of genetics and clinical applicability of genomic concepts commonly seen in advance practice nurses’ clinical practice. Both classical Mendelian and molecular genetics will be examined, in order to provide a knowledge base that will enable the advanced practice nurse to integrate genetic and genomic knowledge into clinical practice. Using a case discussion approach, clinical issues of genetics testing, genetic exceptionalism, individualized risk assessments and predictions are explored throughout their life span.

NURS9412N
Informatics for Practice
3

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills regarding the uses of information technology to support evidence-based practice. The course will provide an overview of informatics topics of most relevance to evidence-based practice including: computer systems and system development; standardized clinical terminology; informatics standards; electronic health records; retrieval and critical analysis of digital data, information, and knowledge; clinical decision making; decision support; decision analysis; shared decision making; and computer aided instruction.

NURS8825N
Integration Practicum in Acute Care for the Nurse Practitioner
4

This course will provide an opportunity to synthesize and integrate the advanced practice knowledge and skills acquired through all previous didactic and clinical coursework.  Students will be expected to do clinical case presentations, manage a group of patients of varying diagnoses and variability of acuity, and practice with increasing independence in the acute care advanced practice role. 

NURS6930N
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention for Health Care Professionals
1

Aimed at increasing student awareness of the prevalence, context, dynamics, and potential outcomes of interpersonal violence (IPV), the goal of this course is to provide advanced practice nurses with the information needed for prevention, identification, assessment appropriate intervention, and resource referral for clients and families who are at risk for, have a history with, or are currently experiencing IPV. Course content will explore the dynamics, causes and consequences of IPV, specifically: domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual assault.

NURS7000N
Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
3

This course is designed for graduate nurses to provide them with the skills to understand and utilize research evidence in decisions about clinical practice. The course is designed to help graduate nurses articulate relevant practice-based questions, search the literature to identify relevant evidence, evaluate the quality of research on which the evidence is based, and discuss the application of the evidence in clinical practice to improve quality of care.

NURS6940N
Management and Advanced Practice Nursing
1

This course focuses on advanced practice issues not usually familiar to the average nurse. It explores the dimensions of independent advanced practice nursing (APN) in our challenging and constantly changing health care environment. Legal issues, regulation, reimbursement, practice management concerns, and development of a comprehensive view of the APN’s role in the current health care environment are stressed.

NURS9405N
Practice Leadership and Quality
3

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as a member and lead interdisciplinary groups in organizational assessment to identify systems issues and facilitate organization-wide changes in practice delivery utilizing quality improvement strategies. Course content focusses on understanding systems concepts and thinking to achieve results in complex health care delivery systems. Frameworks, approaches, and tools that foster critical thinking are examined as mechanisms to formulate vital questions, gather and assess relevant information, develop well-reasoned conclusions, test conclusions against relevant standards, compare conclusions with alternative systems of thought, and communicate effectively throughout the process.

NURS9672N
Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
3

 

This course addresses the application of epidemiology and environmental approaches to inform the clinical practice of health care of individuals. An understanding of health sciences based on groups of people, including environmental health, occupational health, and some aspects of genetics, can orient the practitioner with an individual patient. These external influences are modified through social, cultural, and behavioral factors. Addressing these factors should help to anticipate and improve patient outcomes.

NURS9150N
Scholarly Writing and Dissemination I
1

This course is the first of two designed to introduce students to scholarly writing and dissemination for clinicians. The course provides students with practical information, exercises, and resources for successful clinical manuscript preparation and clinical conference poster and oral presentation. The course introduces students to fundamental skills for scholarly writing including familiarity with professional journals and conferences, utilization of electronic resources for literature searches and citation management, writing process and organizational skills, identification of predatory journal and conference enterprises, and academic integrity and the continuum of plagiarism. The course culminates in an annotated bibliography on a topic of the student’s choosing that allows for the synthesis and application of the skills and resources developed over the course. In conjunction with part two of the course, students are prepared for a lifelong approach to integrating scholarship into clinical practice.

NURS9151N
Scholarly Writing and Dissemination II
1

Continuation of N9150.

NURS9910N
Translation and Synthesis of Evidence for Optimal Outcomes
3

This course is designed to provide the tools for the doctorally prepared nurse to evaluate, translate and integrate published research results into clinical practice. During the course, students will learn how to conceptualize clinical practice problems and transform them into answerable clinical research questions, how to search for the best clinical evidence, and how to assess clinical evidence using basic epidemiological, biostatistical and scientific principles. The course will culminate in a systematic review or meta-analysis of a body of research relevant to advanced practice nursing.