BSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Curriculum

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) is prepared as a generalist, principal provider of care to adults and older adults with acute, critical and complex chronic health conditions. The AG-ACNP concentration includes sub-specialties in selected clinical emphases: cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, trauma & emergency preparedness, or directed study. The directed study clinical emphasis allows the student to design a clinical around a particular area of interest (i.e., internal medicine, general surgery). The AG-ACNP is prepared to assume responsibility for promoting, maintaining and restoring health to adults and older adults who are acutely, critically and complex chronically ill. AG-ACNP also participate in research and provide leadership in mobilizing health services. The AG-ACNP graduate is eligible for state certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This requires successful completion of the national certification exam in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

*Courses with a "D" are  delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.

A sample program plan for full time study is provided below.   

Fall Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
  • NUR 2011/2011D* Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
  • NUR 2010/2010D* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
  • NUR 3099/3099D* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.
  • NUR 3013/3013D* Ethics in Healthcare 1 cr.
  • NUR 3012/3012D* Public Policy in Health Care 2 cr.

Spring Term (Year 1)

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

  • NURNP 2100/2100D* Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Theory 4 cr.
  • NURNP 2101 Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Clinical 3 cr.
  • NUR 3032/3032D* Data Analysis for DNP Projects 2 cr.

Summer Term (Year 2)

Fall Term (Year 3)

  • NUR 2865/2865D* Fundamental of Disaster/Mass Casualty Care 2 cr.
  • NUR 3037 DNP Project Clinical 1 cr. 
  • NURNP 2102/2102D* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Critically III Adult 2 3 cr.
  • #One of the One of the following clinical courses for 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2105 Clinical Emphasis-Cardiopulmonary# 
  • NURNP 2106 Clinical Emphasis-Critical Care#
  • NURNP 2107 Clinical Emphasis-Oncology# 
  • NURSP 2109 Clinical Emphasis-Directed Study# 
  • NURNP 2194 Clinical Emphasis-Trauma Emergency Preparedness# 

Spring Term (Year 3)

Comprehensive Exam

#Students may take NUR 3052/3052D Manuscript Development offered in the fall and spring term in lieu of this course.

BSN to DNP AG-ACNP Curriculum

Total Didactic Credits: 64
Total Clinical Credits: 17 (1020)
Total Credits: 81

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AG-ACNP BSN to DNP Curriculum for 2017-2018