Working in a diversity of health care settings, Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs) provide advanced care for adult patients with acute, critical or complex chronic health conditions. With an aging population and restrictions on resident work hours, ACNPs are in high demand and increasingly integrated into care teams thanks to their quality, cost-effective care. As a graduate of this program, your role as an ACNP will involve:
Obtaining health histories and performing physical exams and other assessments and screenings,
Ordering and interpreting laboratory and imaging studies,
Diagnosing, designing plans of care and managing patients,
Integrating invasive and noninvasive technologies, interventions and procedures into plans of care, as well as performing invasive procedures yourself,
Initiating health promotion, disease prevention, education and counseling services, and
Collaborating and communicating with patients, families and other members of the health care team.
This is a unique master’s degree program for post-BSN students. You’ll be prepared for the complex and evolving roles of independent practitioners in intensive and acute care environments, including the business aspect of nurse practitioner practice. A post-master’s certificate is also available for MSNs interested in pursuing this specialty.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENTOur Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration program has many benefits to students. Here are just a few of them:
Pre-Arranged Clinical Sites & Preceptors
Unlike many programs, we save you the time and difficulty of searching for clinical sites and preceptors by pre-arranging them for you. We work closely with Barnes-Jewish Hospital to provide clinical sites, giving students like you the opportunity to work in some of the top-ranked hospitals in the country. You’ll find that preceptors are experienced ACNPs, other advanced practice nurses and Washington University School of Medicine physicians.
From the classroom to clinical settings, our highly skilled clinical faculty bring their real-world experience to bear throughout the full learning process and maintain active clinical practice in critical care. Our students also benefit from expert guest faculty from Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, which complement the program’s didactic and lab components.
Small Class Sizes and Individual Support
Our small class sizes allow for personalized attention as each student progresses through the program and our curriculum.
Convenience for Working Students
Some of our core courses are online, offering both flexibility and convenience for busy students. And for the most part, face-to-face courses are all offered on the same day of the week. Goldfarb is conveniently located on the Washington University Medical Center along with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where most of our clinical experiences take place.
State-of-the-Art Clinical Simulations
We offer high-fidelity patient simulations through our world-class Clinical Simulation Institute. These active learning experiences provide students with additional exposure to problems that are frequently seen in acute and critical care settings or those that may result in significant morbidity and mortality.
Dedicated Invasive Procedures & Skills Course
Get additional support and experience through a dedicated course where you’ll perform invasive procedures like central line insertion, endotracheal intubation and lumbar puncture in a simulated environment. Students are also introduced to critical care ultrasound, ECG and radiology interpretation and mechanical ventilation management.
Graduates of the accredited Adult-Gerontology 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. Our students secure jobs in a variety of settings and can typically be found working in critical care environments, emergency departments and acute care services at hospitals.
Successful Program Outcomes
As of 2015, 97% of all first-time takers have passed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Exam since the program was launched. We’re also proud of our students’ achievements after graduation: 100% of them have been hired within 6 months of seeking employment.
Interested in learning more about our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration program? Read about our admissions requirements or take a tour.
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