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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

As of Spring 2011 and forward, this major is no longer accepting new applicants.

The role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) is to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of health care services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions. This care is continuous and comprehensive. The population in acute care practice includes acutely and critically ill patients experiencing episodic illness, exacerbation of chronic illness, or terminal illness. The ACNP practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention, or continuous nursing vigilance with the range of high-acuity care. While most ACNP's practice in acute care and hospital based settings including sub-acute care, emergency care, and intensive care settings, the continuum of acute care services spans the geographic settings of home, ambulatory care, urgent care, and rehabilitative care.

In addition to managing patient care, the ACNP utilizes invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability. ACNPs perform a wide variety of skills and procedures, and the skill set of an ACNP is often dependent on the specific patient population and specialty-based area of practice.

Restorative care is the focus of the ACNP, and short-term goals include patient stabilization, minimization of complications, and promotion of physical and psychological well-being. The long-term goal is to restore maximal health potential while evaluating risk factors in achieving this outcome.

Course

Number & Name

Semester Hours
Clincal Hours
3
 
3
 
1
45
2
 
1
45
2
 
NURS 6380 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
3
 
NURS 6418 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis & Management: Concepts & Theory I
4
 
NURS 6218 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis & Managemen I: Clinical Application
2
90
NURS 6426 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis & Management: Concepts & Theory II
4
 
NURS 6427 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis & Managemen II: Clinical Application
4
180
NURS 6115 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis &Managemen III: Seminar
1
NURS 6815 Acute Care of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis & Managemen III: Preceptorship
8
360
Semester Hours: 38 720

Above courses +12 semester hours required courses for a total of 50 semester hours. In the post-MSN option, each applicant is evaluated individually

Graduates are eligible for national certification and recognition by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Contact:

The Office of Nursing Admissions &
Student Services
SONadmission@uthscsa.edu
210-567-5805
877-235-0341 Toll-free