Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner




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Program at a Glance

  • MSN Admit Terms: Summer (preferred option) and Fall
  • Post-Master's Admit Terms: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Credit Requirement: 41 for the MSN; 29 for the Post-Master's
  • Enrollment Mode: Curriculum includes both online and on-campus courses

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 UTHealth School of Nursing Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner  track prepares graduates to manage the care of adult patients with complex health deviations across the continuum of acute care services. The focus of the program is on practice in interdisciplinary collaborative practice 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 Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the ANCC or the AACN Certification Corporation.

UTHealth graduates enjoy the benefit of being within a network of close to 10,000 alumni; most who live and work within the Houston area.

The Curriculum

The UTHealth School of Nursing Adult/Gerontology Acute Care track equips students with the skills and professionalism to be successful in their careers. The program includes 600 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, UTHealth 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. On-campus classes are traditionally held during the late afternoon. The schedule for acute care students is announced in advance to give working students with enough lead time to adjust their schedules.

Curriculum Plans

Course # Course Title Hours
Fall
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health  3
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Spring
N6230 W  Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 2
N6103 W Informatics and Healthcare Technologies  3
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 2
N6101 Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for Advance Nursing Practice 3
N5506 W Statistics in Nursing 2
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 6
N6807 Evidence-based Practice 3
OR
N6105 Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Course # Course Title Hours
Fall
N6165 W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health  3
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Spring
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6103 Informatics and Healthcare Technologies  3
Summer
N5506 W Statistics in Nursing 2
N6101 Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for Advance Nursing Practice 3
Fall
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
Spring
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 2
N6807 Evidence-based Practice 3
OR
N6104 Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Summer
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 2
Fall
N6742 Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 6
Course # Course Title Hours
Advanced Practice Core
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6165 W Advanced Practice Nursing Role in Population Health 3
Clinical Focus
N6551 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6230 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6230 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 2
N6231 W Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6231 B Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 2
Role Seminar/Preceptorship
N6742 Advanced Clinical Practice:
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship
5

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

Frances M Stokes, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

Track Director, ACNP (Email)