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

Complete Coursework: as few as 20 months Credit Hours: 34 Tuition: $23,226

Overview


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

The Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute 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 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.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the Adult-Gero Acute Care certification examination. As an advanced practice nurse in this area of expertise, you may work in an emergency department or ICU as well as specialty clinics or labs.

In this 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

Courses

In order to earn the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate, students must complete 14 courses comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses, four primary care clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and three credit hours for a capstone project. All courses and clinical residencies are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward obtaining a certificate that will add to your expertise and introduce more career options. We've streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible. Applicants for the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate online program must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions (MSN degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA required), a copy of your current, unencumbered RN license, 1 year of critical care experience verified by employer and 1,000 clinical hours of practice as an RN verified by employer.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

Tuition for the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate online degree program is $23,226 which includes all required fees. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


In order to earn the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate online, students must complete 14 courses comprising 34 credit hours. These include nine core courses (27 credit hours), four credit hours of supervised clinical residencies with a total of 500 clinical hours, and three credit hours for a capstone project.

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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 three credit hours, as part of the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute 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.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your certificate online. Find out the requirements for the Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute NP Cert Online 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 program
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in MSN graduate coursework
  • 1,000 hours of work experience. Verification form, click here.
  • Critical Care Verification Form

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute Nurse Practitioner Certificate online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Post-Master's Adult-Gero Acute NP Cert $621 $2,112 $23,226

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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Calendar


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

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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