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 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 also may continue to follow the patient 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. Graduates of this program exit as master's prepared nurse practitioners, eligible to apply for the national certification examination. They are expert in the care of acutely ill patients with multiple complex problems.

The program has three areas of emphasis: critical care, cardio-pulmonary, and emergency department/trauma. Yet the program is flexible enough to enable students with other practice goals such as internal medicine, transplant, neurosurgical and oncology to explore those areas within the hospitalized patient setting.

The student receives academic and clinical training in a variety of areas, including advanced physical assessment, patho-physiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, patient care management, lab and chest X-ray interpretation, select invasive and noninvasive procedures, and education and research.

Graduates of the program typically work as nurse practitioners in settings that range from cardiology and the emergency room to nephrology, neurology, and surgery.

This program option provides a certificate of completion, and graduates are eligible to apply for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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 nurses who want to expand their knowledge and skills into the advanced practice nursing realm.

**Please Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, admissions for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Oncology track have been suspended for the 2016-2017 admission cycle. Interested parties are encouraged to submit an application to this program for admission for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications for 2017-2018 academic year will be open August 2016.**

Application Requirements

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

Nursing experience in critical care, trauma, or ED (emergency) specialties is preferred, but not required.

Applicants can apply to the program without having an valid California RN license. However, applicants who are accepted are required to obtain a valid California RN License by the start of the program in September. 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 nursing 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 on-line or distance learning options are not available for this program.

All applicants to Post-Masters must have a minimum of two years of adult acute care nursing experience prior to applying. Nursing experience in critical care, trauma, or ED (emergency) specialties is preferred, but not required. Applicants can apply to the program without having an valid California RN license. However applicants who are accepted are required to have a valid California RN License by the start of the program in September.

This program option provides a certificate at completion and eligibility to apply for a national AG ACNP certification examination. 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 if you have additional questions about the program.