Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Program prepares students to provide advanced acute care to adults across the age continuum, from adolescent to frail elderly. Students in the AGACNP program gain a strong background in advanced health assessment, differential diagnosis, interpretations of laboratory and imaging diagnostics, complex monitoring, and direct care management of episodic, complex chronic, acute-on-chronic, acute, and critical illness. The stabilization of patients with multiple complex health problems and prevention of complications through high-quality, cost-effective inter-professional team management is emphasized. Students complete 41 credits in theory, advanced clinical procedures, and clinical practicum courses, including 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in acute and/or critical care settings. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for national certification as an AGPCNP, and state-sanctioned prescriptive authority.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

MSN-600Orientation to MSN Program0
MSN-602Nursing Inquiry, Research & Scholarships3
MSN-603Health Care Systems: Organization, Economies & Politics3
MSN-615Adv Practice Roles & Nursing Theories3
MSN-616Ethics for the Advanced Practice Nurse1
MSN-617Population-Based Health3
MSN-621Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
MSN-622Advanced Health & Physical Assessment3
MSN-623Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Decision Making3
Advanced Acute Care Adult-Gerontology 1
and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum 1
Advanced Acute Care Adult-Gerontology 2
and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum 2
Advanced Acute & Critical Care Adult-Gerontology
and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum 3
MSN-755Capstone 11
MSN-760Capstone 21