Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Applicants are required to have a master’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution. In addition, undergraduate chemistry and statistics are required. Students need to submit two recommendations, a goal statement, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants are required to have two years of experience as an RN in an acute care hospital setting.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
NURS 860Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role I3
NURS 861Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Role II3
NURS 862Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I4
NURS 863Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II4
NURS 864Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum6
NURS 865Pharmacology for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners1
NURS 866Health Assessment of the Adult Gerontology Population in Acute Care1
Additional Course Work May Be Required 1
Advanced Practice Core
Advanced Health Assessment of Adult Populations
Pathophysiology
Pharmacologic Therapy
Master's Core
Issues in Nursing and Health Care
Theoretical and Scientific Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
Evidence-Based Practice I: Inquiry and Research Methods
Total Credits22

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Contact

Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Judith E Hupcey
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Madeline Fulcher Mattern
Program Contact

Xiaohong Sheng
203 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802
xus1@psu.edu
(814) 863-2211

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