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Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Postgraduate Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNP's) assess and manage acutely ill patients within the in-patient or hospital setting working across departments from clinic to hospital environments such as ER, ICU, acute care wards and many other specialties.

Graceland’s online AGACNP program track prepares today’s RN to provide complex monitoring, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and develop composite treatment options based on current evidence-based practices to alleviate patient suffering and augment their overall health.

AGACNP prepares students to become expert clinicians by participating in clinical practicums spanning a multitude of acute care settings to include: emergency medicine, critical care medicine, hospitalist medicine, pulmonology, neurology and cardiology.

Additionally, AGACNP students pick specialty practicums which may include orthopedics, endocrinology, oncology, rheumatology and hematology. This diverse mix of specialties ensures that our AGACNP program graduates are more than qualified, not only to sit for the certification exam but are prepared to practice from day one after graduation.

Offerings
Certificate, Graduate
Field of Study
Nursing
Format
Online Campus
Curriculum
  • MSN Degree – Postgraduate Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Core Courses (22 s.h. required for all specialty tracks)

    MSN Specialty Track: Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (25 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5121Theory of Nursing
      NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
      NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

      This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    • NURS5192Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care
      NURS5192 Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care - 2 s.h.

      Focuses on skill development in diagnostic and treatment modalities utilized in acute & critical care settings. Content includes fluid replacement, hemodynamic monitoring, defibrillation, ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory data and interpretation of radiographs and ECGs. Laboratory practice will include procedures such as suturing, intubation, line insertion. Pre-requisites: NURS5440, NURS5100.

    • NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    • NURS5195AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5195 AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory, face-to-face focus session held at the Independence Campus during Week 6. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: NURS5192.

    • NURS5270Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations
      NURS5270 Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on comprehensive care of adult-gerontology (AG) populations. Examines common acute and chronic health problems using a body system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies, and evidence based-practice specific to common acute and chronic conditions are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    • NURS5280Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I
      NURS5280 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and orthopedic/mobility disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5270.

    • NURS5290Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II
      NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II - 3 s.h.

      NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II 3 s.h. Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of neurologic, hematology/oncology, GI/GU and rheumatic disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5280.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS5450AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care
      NURS5450 AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of chronic health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5280, Corequisite: NURS5290.

    • NURS5460AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care
      NURS5460 AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of acute health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5450.

    • NURS5470AGACNP Practicum: Final
      NURS5470 AGACNP Practicum: Final - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on integration, application and development in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Comprehensive management of acute and chronic health problems is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisites: NURS5460.

    • NURS6800Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses
      NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses - 4 s.h.

      Exploration, development and implementation of advanced roles for nurses. Emphasis will be placed on the standards of practice, requirements for, regulation of, and socialization into advanced nursing roles. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in advanced roles and propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Encourages leadership roles and fostering of collaboration with other disciplines to improve health care outcomes. Promotes the use of scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice, and joining professional organizations to influence advanced nursing practice and enhance health care outcomes of a population focus. Emphasis on the organization of health care delivery systems, health care finance, health care policy, and ethical and legislative issues affecting health care planning and delivery of accessible, affordable, and quality care to multicultural groups in complex settings. Sociopolitical and legal issues will be examined as they impact the formation of policies and the nursing profession.

    • NURS6930EBP Synthesis Project
      NURS6930 EBP Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

      Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5121Theory of Nursing NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5170Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice NURS5192Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5195AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5270Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations NURS5280Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I NURS5290Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS5450AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care NURS5460AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care NURS5470AGACNP Practicum: Final NURS6800Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses NURS6930EBP Synthesis Project
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5121 Theory of Nursing - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice - 4 s.h.

    This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

    NURS5192 Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care - 2 s.h.

    Focuses on skill development in diagnostic and treatment modalities utilized in acute & critical care settings. Content includes fluid replacement, hemodynamic monitoring, defibrillation, ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory data and interpretation of radiographs and ECGs. Laboratory practice will include procedures such as suturing, intubation, line insertion. Pre-requisites: NURS5440, NURS5100.

    NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    NURS5195 AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory, face-to-face focus session held at the Independence Campus during Week 6. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: NURS5192.

    NURS5270 Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on comprehensive care of adult-gerontology (AG) populations. Examines common acute and chronic health problems using a body system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies, and evidence based-practice specific to common acute and chronic conditions are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    NURS5280 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and orthopedic/mobility disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5270.

    NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II - 3 s.h.

    NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II 3 s.h. Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of neurologic, hematology/oncology, GI/GU and rheumatic disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5280.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS5450 AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of chronic health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5280, Corequisite: NURS5290.

    NURS5460 AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of acute health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5450.

    NURS5470 AGACNP Practicum: Final - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on integration, application and development in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Comprehensive management of acute and chronic health problems is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisites: NURS5460.

    NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses - 4 s.h.

    Exploration, development and implementation of advanced roles for nurses. Emphasis will be placed on the standards of practice, requirements for, regulation of, and socialization into advanced nursing roles. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in advanced roles and propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Encourages leadership roles and fostering of collaboration with other disciplines to improve health care outcomes. Promotes the use of scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice, and joining professional organizations to influence advanced nursing practice and enhance health care outcomes of a population focus. Emphasis on the organization of health care delivery systems, health care finance, health care policy, and ethical and legislative issues affecting health care planning and delivery of accessible, affordable, and quality care to multicultural groups in complex settings. Sociopolitical and legal issues will be examined as they impact the formation of policies and the nursing profession.

    NURS6930 EBP Synthesis Project - 3 s.h.

    Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5121 and NURS5170.

  • Postgraduate Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Certificate

    Postgraduate Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Certificate (33 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics
      NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    • NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
      NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

      Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    • NURS5192Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care
      NURS5192 Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care - 2 s.h.

      Focuses on skill development in diagnostic and treatment modalities utilized in acute & critical care settings. Content includes fluid replacement, hemodynamic monitoring, defibrillation, ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory data and interpretation of radiographs and ECGs. Laboratory practice will include procedures such as suturing, intubation, line insertion. Pre-requisites: NURS5440, NURS5100.

    • NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    • NURS5195AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
      NURS5195 AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab

      Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory, face-to-face focus session held at the Independence Campus during Week 6. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: NURS5192.

    • NURS5270Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations
      NURS5270 Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on comprehensive care of adult-gerontology (AG) populations. Examines common acute and chronic health problems using a body system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies, and evidence based-practice specific to common acute and chronic conditions are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    • NURS5280Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I
      NURS5280 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and orthopedic/mobility disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5270.

    • NURS5290Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II
      NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II - 3 s.h.

      NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II 3 s.h. Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of neurologic, hematology/oncology, GI/GU and rheumatic disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5280.

    • NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology
      NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

      Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    • NURS5450AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care
      NURS5450 AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of chronic health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5280, Corequisite: NURS5290.

    • NURS5460AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care
      NURS5460 AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of acute health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5450.

    • NURS5470AGACNP Practicum: Final
      NURS5470 AGACNP Practicum: Final - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on integration, application and development in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Comprehensive management of acute and chronic health problems is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisites: NURS5460.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5100Pharmacotherapeutics NURS5143Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning NURS5192Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care NURS5194Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5195AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab NURS5270Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations NURS5280Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I NURS5290Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II NURS5440Advanced Pathophysiology NURS5450AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care NURS5460AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care NURS5470AGACNP Practicum: Final
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

    NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning - 4 s.h.

    Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurses basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

    NURS5192 Advanced Practice Procedures in Acute Care - 2 s.h.

    Focuses on skill development in diagnostic and treatment modalities utilized in acute & critical care settings. Content includes fluid replacement, hemodynamic monitoring, defibrillation, ventilation. Analysis of relevant laboratory data and interpretation of radiographs and ECGs. Laboratory practice will include procedures such as suturing, intubation, line insertion. Pre-requisites: NURS5440, NURS5100.

    NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab - 1 s.h.

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5192 (AGACNP), NURS5143 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), Corequisite: NURS5193 (FNP).

    NURS5195 AGACNP Advanced Practice Competencies Lab

    Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory, face-to-face focus session held at the Independence Campus during Week 6. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: NURS5192.

    NURS5270 Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on comprehensive care of adult-gerontology (AG) populations. Examines common acute and chronic health problems using a body system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies, and evidence based-practice specific to common acute and chronic conditions are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5143.

    NURS5280 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations I - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and orthopedic/mobility disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5270.

    NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II - 3 s.h.

    NURS5290 Acute Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations II 3 s.h. Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute/critical health alterations. Emphasis is on the most common and highest acuity of neurologic, hematology/oncology, GI/GU and rheumatic disorders. Nursing strategies to restore, maintain and enhance health are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5280.

    NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology - 4 s.h.

    Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

    NURS5450 AGACNP Practicum: Chronic Care - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of chronic health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5280, Corequisite: NURS5290.

    NURS5460 AGACNP Practicum: Acute Care - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skill in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Management of acute health problems of AG populations is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5450.

    NURS5470 AGACNP Practicum: Final - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on integration, application and development in the advanced practice role under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor in a practice setting. Comprehensive management of acute and chronic health problems is emphasized. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisites: NURS5460.

Exceptional Faculty

Employed in Field

78%

Nursing graduates

Estimated Salary

$79,400

Nursing graduates

Why Graceland

  • Graceland’s online AGACNP specialty track prepares today’s RN to provide complex monitoring, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and develop composite treatment options based on current evidence-based practices to alleviate patient suffering and augment their overall health.
  • AGACNP, Graceland’s newest graduate nursing program, prepares students to become expert clinicians by participating in clinical practicums spanning a multitude of acute care settings to include: emergency medicine, critical care medicine, hospitalist medicine, pulmonology, neurology and cardiology.
  •  Students pick specialty practicums which may include orthopedics, endocrinology, oncology, rheumatology and hematology. This diverse mix of specialties ensures that our AGACNP graduates are more than qualified not only to sit for the certification exam, but are prepared to practice from day one after graduation.
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Tuition & Aid
ProgramCost
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Family Nurse Practitioner Program and FNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate$830.00 per semester hour
Graceland BSN+RN-MSN Graduates - Reduced Tuition Rate$705.00 per semester hour
Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate$550.00 per semester hour
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