Adult-gerontology acute care NP program

Clinical Assistant Professor Ray Blush teaching a labSpecialty appeal

  • Acute care advanced practice nurses are in demand. With the increasing intensity and shortened length of stay of acutely ill patients in hospitals and the decrease in medical resident hours, a shift in hospital employment trends has increased demand for acute care nurses.
  • The number of practice settings where acute care advanced practice nurses work is expanding. Settings include intensive care units, trauma units, specialty practices, cardiopulmonary/neurology/surgery/oncology fields, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, home health care, among others.
  • Salaries for acute care advanced practice nurses are highly competitive and rank among the highest for advanced practice nurses.
  • Being an acute care advanced practice nurse is both challenging and rewarding. Acute care advanced practice nurses are experts in the care of acutely ill patients with multiple complex problems, and research has shown that they provide quality care, decrease length of stay, and improve patient and family satisfaction. 

Education and practice

The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program focus on the care of patients, from young adults to older adults, with complex health problems including acute/critical and chronic illness. Coursework and clinical preparation includes a strong foundation in

  • pathophysiology
  • pharmacology
  • evidence-based management of complex patient problems
  • leadership within the health care system.

Foundational preparation is broad, with increasing opportunities to specialize toward the end of the program. All practicum are arranged by U-M faculty and offer learning environments rich for developing expertise in acute care nursing and for refining clinical leadership skills.

In the nurse practitioner program of study, emphasis is placed on

  • advanced assessment
  • diagnostic reasoning and decision making
  • therapeutic interventions
  • consultation and referral skills.

Requirements

See application requirements.

Curriculum

Listed below are the required courses for the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program. 
 
The adult-gerontology acute care NP curriculum is offered in an on-campus format; however, a few of the core courses may be web-blended. The adult-gerontology acute care NP program is offered as a fall term (September) start only, in a 2 year or a 3 year program plan. Fifty-one total credits and 504 clinical hours are required. 
 

Sample plan of study 

Core courses

  • NURS 528: Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
  • NURS 527: Promoting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
  • NURS 529: Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advanced Practice

Specialty courses

  • NURS 502: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 503: Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • NURS 523: Role Transition to APRN
  • NURS 553: Advanced Practice Specialty Procedures and Skills
  • NURS 573: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Nursing Theory I
  • NURS 575: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Nursing Theory II
  • NURS 577: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum I
  • NURS 579: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum II
  • NURS 611: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum III

Required cognates

  • PHR 620: Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • PHR 621: Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • HS 505: Team Based Clinical Decision Making

Scope

The University of Michigan School of Nursing adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program meets and surpasses the acute care nurse practitioner core competencies as outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

According to the acute care nurse practitioner competencies, the art and science of the profession is characterized by the following hallmarks:

  • Health promotion, protection of disease and treatment with particular focus on assessment and diagnosis of health status and initiating a plan of care and implementing treatment
  • Building the nurse practitioner/patient relationship
  • Teaching/coaching function skills of the nurse practitioner
  • Professional role development
  • Managing health care delivery systems
  • Monitoring the quality of health care promotion
  • Care in regards to cultural competency