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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The Master of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration is for BSN-prepared registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced nursing roles focusing on caring for acute, critically ill and injured patients.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration uniquely prepares students to assume the complex and evolving professional roles of independent practitioners in intensive care units and other acute care environments, including the business aspect of nurse practitioner practice. Scope and standards of practice for an ACNP are available in the resource section located on this page. Also in the resource section are the acute care nurse practitioner competencies. 

Clinical experiences are pre-arranged by faculty and emphasize gaining competence as a practitioner in the critical care environment, with additional focus on urgent care and diabetes management at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Students work with an experienced group of acute care nurse practitioners, other advanced practice nurses and Washington University critical care and emergency medicine physicians.

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Institute (CSI) provides the perfect environment for gaining hands on experience with procedures and skills commonly utilized in acute and critical care, such as central line insertion, endotracheal intubation and lumbar puncture. High fidelity simulation complements the clinical experiences to provide additional exposure to those patient problems frequently seen in the acute care setting or those that may result in significant morbidity and mortality. An introduction to the interpretation of chest and abdominal radiograph imaging is provided by Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology physicians followed by designated clinical hours in the radiology reading rooms at Washington University School of Medicine.

A post-master’s certificate is available. An individualized curriculum plan will be developed based on a gap analysis of the applicant’s prior course work.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerotology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration will be prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification exam to become certified in the field.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

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