Department of Acute and Continuing Care

The Department of Acute and Continuing Care is comprised of three (3) divisions and houses master’s level programs in the following clinical concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesia. Post-Master’s degrees are offered in all of the above concentrations, with the exception of Nurse Anesthesia, as well as in Oncology. Faculty members of the department teach core courses in all program areas offered by the school: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Master’s Program.


Adult Health

The Adult Health division is focused on advancing research, education, and practice in the areas of adult health care. The division prepares students to provide health care services across the health continuum to young, middle, and older adults.

Advanced Care

The Emergency, Acute, and Critical Care division is engaged in teaching and research related to primary emergency, acute, and critical care. The division prepares students to provide and manage health care for acutely, critically, or chronically ill patients in a wide variety of settings.

Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia division prepares graduate students to provide quality anesthesia care to patients undergoing surgical and other medical interventions that require anesthesia.

Department Chair and Staff


Associate Dean & Department Chair, Graduate Studies (Email)

Lisa W Thomas, DNP, RN, CNS

Director, DNP Program (Email)

Jose M Acosta, DNP, CRNA

Assistant Professor (Email)