Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP)

Overview

Acutely ill patients increasingly dominate the inpatient population, and research has shown that in these settings nurse practitioners provide high quality care, decrease length of stay, and improve patient and family satisfaction. Furthermore, the addition of a nurse practitioner to the health care team improves communication and overall patient care.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AG ACNP) are needed to help assess and manage acutely ill patients within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, acute and sub-acute care wards, specialty clinics, or any combination of the above.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner can legally diagnose and treat medical conditions. In addition, some AG ACNPs provide direct patient management from admission to discharge in collaboration with the physician and other members of the health care team. AG ACNPs may also continue to monitor the patient as the patient moves into the outpatient setting to ensure successful transition after discharge and complete resolution of transition needs. The structure of the role depends upon the collaborative agreement with physicians and other members of the health care team.

UCSF's AG ACNP program remains the only one of its kind in Northern California. There are three areas of emphasis: critical care, cardio-pulmonary, and emergency department/trauma. However, the program is flexible enough to enable training within a diversity of hospitalized patient practice settings, such as but not limited to, internal medicine, transplant, cardiology, neurosurgical, oncology, and trauma. A minimum of two years adult acute care nursing experience in the hospital setting is required prior to applying to the program. Applicants are not required to have ICU or Emergency Department (ED) nursing experience, however, prior nursing experience in these settings is preferred if the ED or ICU are settings where the applicant wishes to precept while enrolled in the program.

The student receives academic and clinical training in a variety of areas, including advanced physical assessment, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, patient care management, lab and chest X-ray interpretation, select invasive and noninvasive procedures, and education and research. The coursework is sequential and additive over seven quarters so full time study is required. On-line and/or distance learning are not available for this program and part time study is not an option.

Graduates of this program exit with a degree and are master's prepared nurse practitioners trained in the care of acutely ill patients with multiple complex problems. They typically work as nurse practitioners in settings that range from cardiology and the emergency room to ICU, nephrology, neurology, and surgery. Graduates are eligible to apply for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Email Roxanne Garbez at [email protected] if you have additional questions about the program.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Oncology Focus (AG ACNP-Oncology)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Oncology Focus option prepares the graduate to provide care at the advanced practice level for adults and older adults with cancer. The curriculum includes the same courses as the AG ACNP track, plus additional course work in oncology nursing, genomics and older adult care. Clinical practica and residency experiences span the full spectrum of adult and older adult oncology care. This focus option is intended for experienced oncology RNs who want to expand their knowledge and skills into the advanced practice nursing realm.

AG ACNP Application Requirements

All applicants must have a minimum of two years adult acute care nursing experience prior to applying.

Applicants are not required to have ICU or Emergency Department (ED) nursing experience, however, prior nursing experience in these settings is preferred if the ED or ICU are settings where the applicant wishes to precept while enrolled in the program.

Applicants can apply to the AG ACNP program without having a valid California RN license. However, applicants who are accepted are required to obtain and submit a valid California RN License to the AG ACNP Program Director by the first day of the program in September.

Accepted applicants who do not have a valid California RN License will be unable to begin the program. The state licensing board is available here.

This specialty area is not accepting MEPN Applications.

Post-Master's Option

Post-Master's Coordinator: Rosalie Bravo

This curriculum option is designed for nurses who already have a Master's degree in a nursing related field (examples Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Education or Clinical Nurse Leader) and desire additional training in health assessment, managing acutely ill/injured adults, pharmacology and pathophysiology within an acute or critical care setting. The post-master's is a four quarter (twelve month) program, and part time study or on-line/ distance learning are not options available for this program.

All applicants to Post-Masters must have a minimum of two years adult acute care nursing experience prior to applying. Nursing experience in critical care, trauma, or emergency (ED) specialties is preferred, but not required. Applicants can apply to the AG ACNP program without having a valid California RN license. However, applicants who are accepted are required to obtain and submit a valid California RN License to the AG ACNP Program Director by the first day of the program in September. Accepted applicants who do not have a valid California RN License will be unable to begin the program. The state licensing board is available here.

This program option provides a post-master’s certificate at completion and eligibility to apply for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The number of admissions is limited and determined by the availability of faculty resources.

Please refer to the Post-Master's webpage for general program information, and an application for the AG ACNP Post-Master's program can be downloaded from the Post-master's webpage. Email Rosalie Bravo at [email protected] if you have additional questions about the program.