Adult/Gerontology Acute Care

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty prepares acute care nurse practitioners to assess and manage collaboratively 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 AGACNP curriculum is intended to prepare students to apply for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

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

In the first year of study, the focus is on history taking, physical assessment, differential diagnosis, diagnostic testing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and management of patients. Courses in assessing the acutely ill individual, diagnostic reasoning, nursing theory, research, and statistics are also featured in the first year. Clinical conferences focus on the diagnosis and management of problems seen in acutely ill patients, as well as pharmacology. During the final year of study, emphasis is placed on the differential diagnosis and management of complex problems seen in the acutely ill patient population. Courses also include content on specialty pharmacology, health promotion, acute and chronic disease management, and the role of the nurse practitioner. Clinical placement sites expose the student to a variety of acute care settings and patient populations. Clinical conferences focus on the diagnosis and management of complex acute care problems.

Full-time Plan of Study

Certification

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty curriculum prepares students to be eligible for the Certification Examination of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Accreditation

The master’s degree program in nursing at Yale School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Meet the Specialty Director

Laura Kierol Andrews, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC

Associate Professor of Nursing and Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director
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