Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty

The adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) specialty prepares acute care nurse practitioners to assess and collaboratively manage the needs of patients who are acutely and critically ill across the full continuum of adult acute care services. The core body of knowledge provided in the specialty is derived from the full spectrum of high-acuity patient care needs. The population focus is adult/gerontology. The ACNP curriculum prepares students to apply for the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Initial coursework and clinical experience focuses on history taking, physical assessment, differential diagnosis, diagnostic testing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical management health promotion. Coursework includes assessing the acutely ill individual, diagnostic reasoning, theory, research, and statistics.

As the student progresses, emphasis is placed on management of complex problems seen in the acutely ill patient population. Clinical placement sites expose the student to a variety of acute care settings and patient populations.


Meet Specialty Leaders

Laura Kierol Andrews PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing and Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Coordinator (Full bio.)