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Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Online

Prepare to take the Adult-Gero Acute Care certification examination and expand your professional practice to work in emergency departments, ICU, specialty clinics, or labs with this innovative online nurse certificate program.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/11/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$20,312 Total Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
34 Credit Hours

The Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Northern Kentucky University gives you the professional competencies you need to boost your existing nursing practice. Our online certificate program builds on your MSN to equip you to manage treatment of patients from early adulthood through old age with high acuity needs, including chronic, acute, and complex health conditions. As an acute care NP, you will strive to stabilize the conditions of patients, prevent further complications, and restore maximum health.

The program's 34 credit hours of coursework emphasizes patient interaction in clinical settings, the development of advanced skills in the acute care setting, including cardiac, pulmonary, and transplant problems, and the integration of appropriate data and diagnostics. The comprehensive Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certificate curriculum covers adolescence through geriatrics, clinical residency, and a capstone to synthesize your learning so you can transition successfully into new practice roles.

In this online program, you will:

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse cultures and populations, including patients and providers
  • Address differential diagnosis, diagnostic, and management issues related to the care of acutely ill adolescents, adults, and the elderly
  • Consider the influences pathophysiology, culture, age, genetics, ethics/legal issues, and acute care pharmacology have on patients
  • Prepare for the Adult-Gero Acute Care certification exam and expanded practice opportunities to diagnose and treat patients from adolescence to geriatrics
  • Integrate assessment, implementation, and evaluation of advanced technologies in the diagnosis and management of acutely ill adults
  • Exhibit the integration of theory, research, critical thinking, complex case analysis, and evidence-based research into your practice and within the context of individual clients' conditions
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Master of Science in Nursing degrees, an RN to BSN, a Post-Master's DNP, and several nursing certificates online. Check out our other online nursing programs.

Tuition

The Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certificate online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$550 Per Credit Hour
$20,312 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate $550 $1,612 $20,312

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined. Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Northern Kentucky University has been designated an Age-Friendly University by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, in conjunction with The Gerontological Society of America, due to its commitment to increasing educational access for all learners. NKU is the only university in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky to join the international effort to support intergenerational learners.

Calendar

Our Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certificate program is delivered in a flexible online format featuring 7-week courses with six start dates a year. View the calendar to find the best class start for you and note the associated deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

01/04/21 Apply By
01/11/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certificate online program features a simplified admission process to help you get started right away. Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. Requirements for admission include:

3.0 GPA or higher on accredited MSN degree
1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN
RN license current and unencumbered

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Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Online Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission
  • $40 application fee paid
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work
  • Verification of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state in which you are licensed and practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA-accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse; fill out the verification form here
  • 1 year of critical care experience. Critical Care Verification Form

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

In order to earn the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Certificate online, students must complete 14 courses comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses (27 credit hours), 4 credit hours of supervised clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and 3 credit hours for a capstone project. All courses are seven weeks in length.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of advanced skills in assessment of physical, cognitive, nutritional and functional domains: integration of appropriate test data and diagnostic reasoning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of pharmacological physiology of selected therapeutic agents; pharmacological management of clients, including drug selection, client/family education, and monitoring and evaluating pharmacological interventions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the history and role of Advanced Practice Nurses. This includes an overview of the role of the Advance Practice Nurse as a Provider, Consultant, Educator, Researcher, Collaborator, Leader and Administrator. Selected legal, practice, and ethical issues are explored. Nursing theory is incorporated into the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systems-based approach designed to study the physiology and pathophysiology relating to human health. Integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for homeostasis and cellular adaptation will serve as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management in clinical practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses differential diagnosis, diagnostic and management issues related to the care of acutely ill adolescents, adults and the elderly with IP issues, Cardiac, Pulmonary and Transplant problems in the Acute Care setting. Pathophysiology, acute care pharmacology, culture, age, genetics and ethical/legal consideration influences are incorporated into the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses differential diagnosis, diagnostic and management issues related to the care of acutely ill adolescents, adults and the elderly with Fluid and Electrolyte, Renal, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal problems in the Acute Care setting. Pathophysiology, acute care pharmacology, culture, age, genetics and ethical/legal consideration influences are incorporated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses differential diagnosis and management issues related to the care of acutely ill adolescents, adults and the elderly with problems related to Infectious Diseases, Hemostasis, Thrombus, Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Medical Emergencies. Pathophysiology, acute care pharmacology, culture, age, genetics and ethical/legal consideration influences are incorporated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates assessment, implementation, and evaluation of advanced technologies in the diagnosis and management of acutely ill adults. An introduction to invasive interventions and diagnostic device application within the ACNP scope of practice will be provided.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this didactic course, the ACNP student will demonstrate the integration of theory, research, critical thinking / diagnostic reasoning, complex case analysis, and outcome evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on the application of evidence based research / practice guidelines within the context of the individual client condition.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 125 hours in an ICU/ED/Urgent Care setting. It is designed to provide the beginning Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with experience in the assessment and documentation of histories, physical examinations and diagnostic laboratory results of acutely ill adults with complex conditions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 125 hours in an ICU/ED/Urgent Care setting. It is designed to provide the intermediate Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with beginning experience in integrating the management of acutely ill adults with complex conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 125 hours in an ICU/ED/Urgent Care setting. It is designed to provide the beginning Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with experience in the assessment and documentation of histories, physical examinations and diagnostic laboratory results of acutely ill adults with complex conditions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 125 hours in an ICU/ED/Urgent Care setting. It is designed to provide the Advanced Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with comprehensive experiences in integrating the management of acutely ill adolescents and adults with complex conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

Students must take the following course, totaling 3 credit hours, as part of the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate practicum.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Practicum synthesizing content from all previous courses in the Advanced Practice Nurse majors. This culminating experience will result in a project synthesizing all previous learning. Prerequisite: MSN 628. Co-requisite: MSN 633L.

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