Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MS/CAGS)

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Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2022
GRE: Not required

Overview

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for the advanced practice role and to care for patients with acute, episodic and complex chronic illnesses in the acute care setting. The program culminates in the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

In addition to the master’s program, we offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) for nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing.

Admissions Requirements

Before enrolling in our clinical core courses, applicants must have two years experience as an RN in an acute care setting in the United States. Additionally, during the five years prior to entering our program, applicants must have successfully completed a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.

CONTACT INFO
Karen Pawelek
Director
106K Robinson Hall
[email protected]

Curriculum

Our program* provides a broad background of basic physiology, advanced pathophysiology and advanced health assessment. Diagnostic reasoning skills are taught and developed as students learn the advanced nursing management and technology skills needed to care for acute, chronic and critically ill individuals and their families.

*Curriculum subject to change.

Sample Curriculum

MS

Prerequisite Course

Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Required Courses and Semester Hours

Professional Core

  • NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems and Professional Role Development
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Population Health
    (3 Credits)

Research Core

  • NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Application
    (2 Credits)

Clinical Core

  • NRSG 6115 Health Assessment
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology
    (2 Credits)
  • NRSG 6325 Pharmacotherapeutics Anesthesia (2 Credits)
    or
    NRSG 6222 Pharmacology of Adults and Older Adults
    (2 Credits)

Required Courses and Semester Hours

Acute Care Theory Courses

  • NRSG 6220 Nursing Management: Acute and Episodic Illness
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6221 Nursing Management of Critical and Chronic Illness
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6241 Acute Care Concepts in Nursing Practice
    (3 Credits)

Acute Care Practicum Courses

  • NRSG 6420 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum I
    (2 Credits)
  • NRSG 6421 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum II
    (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6422 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum III
    (4 Credits)

Electives

  • Qualifying elective courses (see advisor for details)
    (3 Credits)

Total Credits Required for MS: 43

CAGS

Prerequisite Courses or Equivalent

  • NRSG 6115 Advanced Health Assessment
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology
    (2 Credits)

Required Courses and Semester Hours

  • NRSG 6220 Nursing Management: Acute and Episodic Illness
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6221 Nursing Management: Critical & Chronic Illness
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6241 Acute Care Concepts
    (3 Credits)
  • NRSG 6420 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum I
    (2 Credits)
  • NRSG 6421 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum II
    (4 Credits)
  • NRSG 6422 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Practicum III 
    (4 Credits)
  • Electives
    (5 Credits)

Total Credits Required for CAGS Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialization: 24

Experiential Learning

Clinical practice of the advanced nurse is the major focus of this program. All students complete a minimum of 600 hours of precepted clinical learning. Intensive supervision of clinical work by faculty and expert preceptors provides the necessary experience for practice, as well as an appreciation of the critical analysis as a method of learning. Through varied clinical experiences while working with expert clinicians, students develop the expertise necessary for patient management and advanced nursing practice skills across the wellness-illness continuum.

The School of Nursing has over 40 years of experience providing experiential learning opportunities  for nursing students. Students consult with their faculty advisors to choose the appropriate clinical settings for their practicum experiences. Opportunities are available in locations throughout New England. The School of Nursing maintains affiliations with over 100 institutions in Greater Boston including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center

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