Spring 2021

NURS 6655-01 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Diagnosis and Management I: Clinical Application

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Link to Graduate Clinical Experiences and Typhon guidelines: http://nursing.uthscsa.edu/gradclinical/

Welcome to Spring Semester, NURS 6655 Adult-  Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Diagnosis and Management 1: Clinical Application

Our first class meeting will be synchronous on Canvas Conference.  We will discuss clinical orientation and class expectations on January 11, 2021 at 8:00am-11:50am.  Please review Canvas tutorials prior to the first day of class. 

Class will take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 4-6:50pm.

Scheduled Meeting dates:
January 11th (Orientation with Everyone), February 9, March 16 and April 13.


Bridges, Amanda DNP, ACNP-BC
Office phone number: 210-450-8026
Office number 2.212
Office hours:  By Appointment
Assistant Professor/Clinical

Ferrell, April MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Office Phone Number: 210-445-8389
Office Number: TBD
Office Hours: By Appointment;  Virtually (Thursday)
Clinical Adjunct Professor


This course develops clinical competency and emphasizes the integration of theory, assessment and advanced therapeutics for young adults, adults and older adults in a high acuity setting.  Students will perform comprehensive clinical assessments including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing.  Management of acute and chronic health problems will be under the direction of clinical preceptors.  Clinical placements will include a variety of acute/critical care areas including but not limited to: emergency department, medical/surgical intensive care units, intermediate care and specialty services such as transplant and oncology.  Gerontology experiences will be provided in long term care, rehabilitation facilities and the acute care setting.  In addition, this course emphasizes collaborative partnership development between patients, their families, and inter-professional teams.


Credit hour allocation: 6 semester credit hours
Clock hour allocation:
 300 clock hours clinical practicum; 15 clock hours seminar



Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) students will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences, including genetics and genomics, into the delivery of advanced nursing care to populations in diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to assure ethical and critical decision-making at all systems’ levels for quality and patient safety.
  3. Incorporate performance improvement strategies for quality, safety, and patient-centered care delivery.
  4. Use improvement science to achieve optimal patient care and care environment outcomes.
  5. Integrate meaningful and usable information systems and healthcare technologies to support safe, quality patient care and healthcare systems effectiveness.
  6. Advocate for policy changes that influence healthcare at appropriate levels.
  7. Lead interprofessional teams using collaborative strategies to effect quality patient care and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze and incorporate broad ecological and social health determinants to design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population healthcare and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  9. Integrate the advanced competencies expected of a master’s prepared nurse to design, deliver, and evaluate outcomes of systems of care for individuals, families, and diverse populations.


  1. Provide health promotion, disease prevention, and evaluation of population health for the young adult, adult and older adult patients and their families during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments across the adult continuum.
  2. Integrate knowledge of common acute and chronic illnesses to diagnose and manage young adult, adult, and older adult patients in high acuity settings.
  3. Integrate anticipatory guidance into the comprehensive treatment plans with respect to both primary and secondary prevention for young adult, adult and older adult patients.
  4. Integrate history and physical examination data along with the Pathophysiology of common acute and chronic diseases in the young adult, adult and older patient in order to develop appropriate differential diagnoses, and implement an evidence-based management plan.
  5. Integrate traditional and complementary pharmacological interventions into the treatment and management of common acute illnesses for the young adult, adult and older adult population.
  6. Integrate social, cultural, explanatory models and spiritual components in a holistic patient-centered plan of care.
  7. Incorporate ethical considerations in dealing with directives influencing acutely and chronically ill patients and their families or support systems.
  8. Demonstrate core professional clues and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the essential components of invasive bedside procedures.
  10. Demonstrate appropriate and acceptable skill in performing invasive bedside procedures.


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Criteria for Evaluation/Grades NP Track Spring Clinical Courses




1. Faculty Evaluations (2)

      b) Preceptor Evaluations (Midterm and Final)

      c) Faculty Site Visits (Midterm and Final)

Pass/ Fail

Faculty will complete an Evaluation of the Student prior to Midterm and prior to Final.  Pass/Fail grade based upon student’s successful completion of the *Clinical Requirements(Preceptor Feedback, Clinical Hours, and Patient Encounters Summary) and the Faculty Site Visits.

2. Clinical Hours Report (2)


Student to submit summary of clinical hours at Midterm and Final via Canvas. Clinical hours must total no less than 300 hours.

3. Typhon Patient Encounters Summary (2)


Student to submit pie graph summary of the patient encounters at Midterm and Final via Canvas. Students must enter each patient they see in the clinical setting within the week of seeing those patients.

4. Case Study Presentations


*Must earn 75% or better for all written assignments combined/averaged.


*SOAP Notes (4)

























Clinical Experience is Pass/Fail

No clinical can be started at any clinical site until an Intent of Relationship (IOR) is completed, submitted to the course coordinator in hand, email or fax, and approved by the faculty.  Clinical practicum may start on January 18, 2020 if the IOR is completed, submitted and approved but not before. All clinical practicum hours must be completed by May 4 2021

Clinical Practicum

The student will complete 300 hours of clinical practicum with their assigned preceptor(s) once the Intent of Relationship (IOR) agreement is completed by the student and preceptor, signed, faxed to the School of Nursing, and approved by the graduate faculty.  Students are expected to dress in business casual with white lab coat and UT Health NP Student badge and present a professional appearance while in the clinical setting.   The clinical practicum must be completed no later than the end of the course.  There are no extensions for completing hours except for a major health problem; therefore, the student must plan ahead when negotiating clinical hours with the preceptor. 

Clinical Site Visits:

Students will have two scheduled site visits by their assigned faculty.

Preceptor and Faculty Evaluation (Pass/Fail):

Students must pass clinical to pass the course. A written evaluation from the student’s preceptor(s)is/are required at the end of the rotation with the preceptor. If a student has one preceptor the whole semester, then they need a Midterm evaluation and a Final Evaluation completed by the preceptor. If the student has more than one preceptor, then each preceptor needs to do at least one evaluation. Each preceptor is required to sit down with the student to go over the evaluation. Two written evaluations will also be completed by the faculty for each student during the semester. Final grade determination will be made by the faculty of record with input from the preceptor(s)

Practicum Course Policies:

Students are encouraged to have a variety of clinical experiences that will encompass all aspects of their advanced practice role and expose them to patients within different clinic settings.  

1. Students may not have clinical preceptorships at a practice setting where he/she is currently employed, nor may they be paid for clinical as part of their working hours. 

2. Students may not have a clinical preceptorship with a provider with whom they are a patient of that provider.  

3. The majority of clinical experiences during the clinical preceptorship must be at the participation level or higher. Total observation is not acceptable at this level in the program.

4. Students must receive “Minimally Met”  on midterm or "Met Standards" on Final evaluation from faculty during clinical site visits.

5. The preceptorship component must be successfully completed in order to pass the course, regardless of grades received on the didactic components. The preceptorship component consists of:

A. Two clinical evaluations through observation/ meeting by the clinical course faculty and additional clinical evaluations by each preceptor, with each documenting on the clinical evaluation form and;

B. Clinical log documentation of student’s experiences in Typhon,entered at least weekly.  

C. Students who are deemed unsafe or fail to meet the expected clinical course outcomes and clinical competencies in any clinical course in the required program of study will receive a course grade of “F”.  Behaviors constituting clinical failure include, but are not limited to, the following:

a.         Request for removal from clinical site for cause by a clinical agency

b.         Demonstrates unsafe performance and makes questionable decisions

c.         Lacks insight and understanding of own behaviors and behavior of others

d.         Needs continuous specific and detailed supervision

e.         Has difficulty in adapting to new ideas and roles

f.          Fails to submit required written clinical assignments

g.         Falsifies documents

h.         Works in the student clinical role more than 12 consecutive hours in a 24-hour period

D. Procedure:  A student who fails a clinical course maybe placed on probation or be dismissed from the program in accordance with set criteria. See Graduate Handbook for further details.

6. There are NO incompletes for clinical courses except for a major health problem. All clinical hours must be completed by the last official class day of the semester. NO extensions for unmet clinical hours will be granted. Failure to complete all clinical hours or falsification of clinical hours will result in failure of the course.

         7.  It is expected that all scholarly papers will be written using APA Format 7th Edition.  


300 clock hour practicum in a hospital, long term care facility, Emergency Room, or specialty clinic.  The focus is the health of the Adult- Gerontology population along the continuum of acute, chronic, and complex disease management. The practicum will be supervised by a faculty member.  

The 300 clock hour practicum will be coordinated by and under the supervision of the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Clinical Liaison with physician, physician assistant and nurse practitioner preceptors. Students will be placed in practicum by the clinical liaison in collaboration with the faculty. In the rare event a student requests a change in clinical assignment, the request along with a clear and compelling rationale, must be submitted to the Clinical Liaison and the assigned faculty.  Such requests will be considered on a case by case basis and approval is at the sole discretion of the faculty. 

Typhon Tracking:

Each student is required to maintain an electronic record of all patient encounters using Typhon.  The student will document patient encounters in Typhon in a timely fashion, and as soon as feasible following the clinical experience, but no less than once per week.  The student is responsible for accurate and complete records in Typhon. Failure to do so can result in failure of the course.

Clinical Course Documentation Requirements within Project Concert



1.  Preceptor Evaluations of Student

One at midterm (or one per preceptor)

One at final (or one per preceptor)

2.  Faculty Evaluation of Student

One at midterm (or one per preceptor)

One at final (or one per preceptor)

3.  Student Evaluation of Preceptor

One per preceptor (if with that preceptor for more than 16 hours)

One per preceptor if > 16 hrs with that preceptor

4.  Student Evaluation of Clinical Site

One per clinical site

Second if more than one clinical site

5.  Faculty Evaluation of Clinical Site

One for each site visit

Second if went to more than one site

6.  Patient Encounters entered into Typhon

Student to run report and send to faculty instructor

Student to run report and send to faculty instructor

7.  300 approved clinical hours

Send faculty instructor current number of hours completed and approved

Send faculty instructor current number of hours completed and approved


Late Written Assignments
1. Late work will be accepted up to 72 hours after the due date with consequences at faculty discretion. 10 points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late (up to 15 points). After 72 hours, late assignments will be a grade of zero

Further details and information on grading criteria are contained in the course information packet in Canvas.


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


The School of Nursing faculty expects that its students will recognize that they have entered a profession in which commitment to full participation in clinical experiences is an essential component as students are considered to be part of the nursing team. Therefore, regular attendance in clinical, laboratory and simulation experiences is mandatory.

Missed hours can prevent adequate development and assessment of the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and clinical judgment. Absence from clinical/lab/simulation jeopardizes the student’s ability to successfully meet the required clinical course outcomes and competencies.

Punctuality is expected in professional workplaces. Students are expected to arrive on time for clinical/lab/simulation experiences and stay for the entire time allotted for that clinical/lab/simulation experience. Important information affecting patient care is communicated to students at the start of clinical experiences. Therefore, tardiness for clinical/lab/simulation experiences jeopardizes the student’s ability to give safe nursing care.

Absences from clinical experience are closely monitored by faculty and should occur only in rare circumstances. Clinical absences will be evaluated on an individual basis. If the student has any clinical absences during the semester, clinical may be made up through a plan developed by the clinical/lab instructor. However, the opportunity to make up absences may not be possible, depending on the length of the clinical rotation, the availability of the faculty and/or the agency to which the student is assigned and may result in inability of the student to meet course outcomes.

If it is determined by the faculty team that a student will be unable to meet course objectives due to clinical absences or if a pattern of absence develops or excessive absences exist, the appropriate course coordinator will refer the student the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies to determine progression in the program.
A student who is unable to attend a clinical experience must contact the clinical faculty personally prior to the beginning of the clinical experience. Leaving a message or e-mail for the faculty is not acceptable. Faculty will share specifics regarding appropriate means of communicating during orientation.

Travel to surrounding communities may be necessary.

Students are expected to demonstrate achievement of clinical objectives by the end of a clinical course. If, in the instructor‘s professional judgment, a student is consistently unable to provide safe nursing care to patients and cannot remedy the deficit in the given clinical time, the student will receive a grade of ―F for the course. Faculty, or staff in the clinical agency, has
the right to remove a student from the clinical area at any time for any cause.

Students are required to maintain a clinical passport and have this on their person at all times while in the clinical setting.

Students are required to maintain American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support certification.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

Netiquette guidelines provide information for behaving properly online, when using email, tweets or texts so that you may successfully communicate your thoughts in a manner that is respectful and avoids misunderstandings with others.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practice Guidelines-Quick Reference Gerontology Gook for Nurse Practitioners. Harris, Catherine. ISBN-13: 978-0826170040

The Samford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2020. Gilbert, David. ISBN-13: 978-1944272135.

Epocrates Mobile App


Pocket Medicine:  The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine. Sabatine, Marc. ISBN-13:  978-1975142377.


See Canvas 

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

The first day of class will be January 11th at 8:00am-11:50am and will include Orientation.  This class will be held synchronously via Canvas Conference.

For full calendar and details, please refer to information posted in Canvas.


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