Adult/Gerontology Acute Care

Adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioners are highly trained for the vital role of caring for acutely and critically ill patients in hospitals, nursing facilities, and in the community. Adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who specialize in the management of acutely ill patients, which includes stabilization, assessment of complication risk, and development of a treatment plan for health maintenance and promotion.

As a doctoral student in the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care track, you will:

  • Develop skills to influence public policy through participation in professional organizations and health policy activities at the local, national, and global level.
  • Take courses in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.
  • Learn through in-depth coursework in pathophysiology, acute care, critical care, pharmacology, diagnostic reasoning, and physical examinations.
  • Participate in a variety of clinical experiences in the acute care/hospital setting.
  • Complete the track in three years, including two summer semesters. Click here for a sample Program of Study.

Certification Eligibility

Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification from the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are eligible to become certified or licensed to practice.