Master of Science in Nursing and Post Master’s
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Program at a Glance

  • MSN Admit Terms 
    • Part Time: Fall, Spring, and Summer 
    • Full-Time: Summer 
  • Post-Master's Admit Terms: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Credit Requirement: 41 for the MSN; 29-30 for the Post-Master's
  • Enrollment Mode: Mostly online with on-campus attendance required once a week

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track at UTHealth sets a high standard for graduates as reflected by the US News and World Report ranking as the best graduate nursing school in Texas and within the top 5% in the country. The program is dynamic and offers courses both online and on-campus. This blended format enhances the overall student experience by balancing convenience, with the personal and professional benefits of in-class learning and networking.

The Cizik School of Nursing Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track prepares graduates to manage adult patients with complex health deviations across the continuum of acute care services. The focus of the program is on practice in interdisciplinary collaborative models providing care for physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, vulnerable patients. The curriculum addresses common health problems encountered by adult acutely ill patients. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the ANCC or the AACN Certification Corporation.

Cizik School of Nursing graduates enjoy the benefit of being within a network of close to 11,000 alumni; most who live and work within the Houston area.

The Curriculum

Cizik School of Nursing Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track equips students with the skills and professionalism to be successful in their careers. The program includes 660 precepted clinicals which offers a depth and breadth of experience necessary to be a clinically competent nurse practitioner. To provide students with a range of experiences, the School's Acute Care faculty manage the clinical placements, many of which are held within the Texas Medical Center or surrounding areas.

Courses are conducted online as well as on-campus. The length of time spent on-campus will vary from 1-2 days per week. The schedule for acute care students is announced in advance to give working students with enough lead time to adjust their schedules.

Course #Course TitleHours
Summer
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Fall
N6152 W Advanced Physical Exam/Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Advanced Physical Exam/Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6551 W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6106 W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 3
N6104 Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 5
N6154 W Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing 2
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Total 41
Course #Course TitleHours
Fall
N6106 W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Spring
N6152 W Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis  Lab 1
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
Summer
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
Fall
N6551 W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6104 W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Spring
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 3
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 5
N6154 W Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing 2
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Total 41
Course #Course TitleHours
Spring
N6152 W Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis  Lab 1
N6106 W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
Summer
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N6106 W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Fall
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
Spring
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
N6551 W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 3
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 5
N6154 W Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing 2
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Total 41
Course #Course TitleHours
Fall
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N6551 W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures  2
N6152 W Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
Spring
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 3
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 3-5
N6154 W Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing 2

Career Options

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners graduates will be prepared to contribute as a: 

  • Dynamic member of critical care team
  • Interservice member of a hospital service line
  • Office based – specialty practice (i.e., cardiology, etc.)

Track Director

Patrick A Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

Director, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Email)