As advanced practitioners, AG-ACNPs deliver care across the continuum as key members of 21st century health care teams
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Building on the theoretical and clinical expereince of the BSN-prepared nurse, the AG-ACNP is an advanced practice nurse prepared to manage patients in acute, critical and specialty care units and clinics.
UVA's program emphasizes the advanced theoretical knowledge, practice and skills needed to manage acutely ill patients through all phases of their hospitalization and follow-up. AG-ACNP students also develop exceptional diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills, preparation for prescriptive authority, strategies to communicate and collaborate with physicians and the ability to manage and monitor clinical outcomes. A keen focus on evidenced-based practice, teaching and clinical research are also hallmarks.
Who is the AG-ACNP for?
The AC-ACNP program offers baccalaureate-educated nurses with at least one year of full-time RN experience the opportunity to advance their practice at top-ranked UVA School of Nursing. Nurses with advanced degrees like the AC-ACNP tend to enjoy greater professional mobility, receive better compensation, and often rise quickly and competently into leadership positions within clinics and hospitals.
Applicants must submit a completed application and:
Applicants to the AG-ACNP program must have at least one year of full-time RN experience before entering the program.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).
Note: students in the post-master's programs at the University of Virginia are ineligible for scholarship assistance or student loans. University aid is restricted to those who are enrolled in degree programs (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc).
Students can complete the post-MSN certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 21 months. In the first year, the student has didactic classes on Thursdays and Fridays (in the fall) and Wednesday-Friday (in the spring). In the second year, the didactic component is on Thursday, and clinicals are generally Monday-Wednesday.
Plan of study
Applicants who are master’s prepared and currently certified as a nurse practitioner will not be required to re-take advanced pharmacology (GNUR 6020), advanced pathophysiology (GNUR 6010), and advanced health assessment (GNUR 6025)—the “3 Ps”—or APRN Role Acquisition and Transition (GNUR 6031 & 6032). The academic history of other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Any of the 3 Ps not showing on the applicant’s transcript will need to be completed in order to receive a post-master’s certification.
Students complete 560 clinical hours divided evenly between two practicums: GNUR 7311 and GNUR 7312. GNUR 7311 is completed at the UVA Medical Center while GNUR 7312 may be completed at another facility in Virginia that the student chooses with prior arrangement with the program director.
During the second practicum, students may choose a specialty focus -- from cardiology and ER/trauma to digestive health, nephrology to oncology, among many others. Students may also choose to specialize in more than one area and may also pursue dual-track Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP/CNS certifications. Those students should expect additional clinical hours and will receive individual faculty advisement.
All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at http://nc-sara.org/.
Graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Additionally, students in the advanced practice programs (CNS and NP) are required to have a smartphone (Apple or Android). Information on the laptop and smartphone requirements will be sent to enrolling students the summer before classes begin.