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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is intended for MSN prepared clinicians who would like to gain further knowledge in the acute care continuum. It is designed to prepare practitioners for professional practice in the management of medical, surgical, and critical care patient populations. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to improve and sustain the health of acutely ill patients. Emphasis is placed upon diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making. Acute care nurse practitioners are needed in a variety of healthcare settings, including: intensive care units, consult services, hospitalist teams, palliative care services, home care, sub acute long-term care hospitals, specialty clinics and research intense settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

The program is 29 credits and can generally be completed in one year of part-time study. 500 clinical hours are required for completion of the program. Students may be eligible for a reduction in course work and clinical hours. An individual program of study will be formulated by performing a formal Gap Analysis of previously completed course work. Students wishing to be considered for a reduction in course or clinical work are required to submit syllabi, course calendars, and transcripts of courses under consideration. Coursework completed more than ten years ago and without current clinical experience will not be accepted for the following courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment. All students are required to successfully complete Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP specific pharmacology at Drexel.