Nurse Practitioner The nurse practitioner is a skilled health care provider who uses expert clinical judgment and decision making in conducting comprehensive health assessments, making differential diagnoses, and prescribing of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions in the direct treatment of health problems. Nurse practitioners function as care providers, case managers, researchers, consultants, and educators. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduates of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track are eligible to sit for national certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Acute care nurse practitioners focus on the care of adults with acute illnesses and may practice in the hospital, home, or clinic setting. Acute care nurse practitioners provide expert interventions focused on health promotion, illness prevention, and health care management. They make rounds with and without their collaborative physician, write progress notes and orders, do discharge teaching and follow up with patient referrals and continuing care. Some see patients in the office setting managing the full spectrum of care. Curriculum FALL SEMESTER I NUR 605 Advanced Health Assessment (42 lab hours) 3 SH NUR 606 Advanced Pathophysiology (Web course) 3 SH NUR 620 Adult-Gerontology ACNP I (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH SPRING SEMESTER NUR 602 Scholarly Inquiry for Advanced Practice (Web course) 3 SH NUR 607 Advanced Pharmacology (Web course) 3 SH NUR 621 Adult-Gerontology ACNP II (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH SUMMER SEMESTER NUR 698/699 Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (non-thesis elective) 3 SH NUR 698/699 Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (non-thesis elective) 3 SH NUR 622 Adult-Gerontology ACNP III (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 12 SH FALL SEMESTER II NUR 623 Adult-Gerontology ACNP IV (168 Clinical Hours) 6 SH Total 6 SH Total classroom: 42 semester hours Total clinical: 672 clinical hours Acute Adult Gerontology Acute-Adult Gerontology total clinical hours: To meet the program objectives, you are required to complete a total of 672 clinical hours. Of the total 672 hours, 500+ direct patient care clinical hours is regarded as a minimum. “It is expected the NP student provide direct patient care distributed over the population-focused area of specialty (i.e. the acute adult-gerontology NP student should receive experiences with adults across the entire adult age spectrum from young adult to older adult, including the frail elderly). It is also expected the NP student exceed the minimum 500 hour direct patient care clinical hour requirement.” National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2016). The 500 direct patient care hours must be one on one with a physician or a nurse practitioner in the clinical area. The remaining clinical hours would include clinical seminar, pre-approved CE’s (12 per semester), simulation experiences and other pre-approved (by Nurse Practitioner Coordinator) acute care specialty rotations.