The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate prepares the advanced practice nurse to care for patients with medically complex stable and unstable acute, critical and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to subacute, ambulatory care, clinic and home care environments. The certificate provides a spectrum of care from disease prevention to acute and critical care management.
CURRICULUMThe Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate prepares nurses who have already completed their graduate education for entry-level advanced practice in acute care. The program prepares graduates to enter the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice. The curriculum offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis, and provides analytic, critical thinking, and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations. The certificate requires 22 credit hours beyond the master's degree.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
- NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
- NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour)
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
Required Courses--22 Credit Hours
- NGR 6210 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6230L Diagnostics and Skills for the Critically Ill (1 credit, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 6211 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6211L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6175 Critical Care Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6212 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6212L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6215L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
Admission is open to those with MSN Degrees, but who are not prepared as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- BSN and MSN degree from an accredited institution.
- Undergraduate Statistics course.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
- Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
- Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role
- Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education
- Identify one significant contemporary issue of problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issues or solve that problem.
- Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
- An interview with faculty may also be required.
Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a DNP adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for post-master’s preparation for advanced nursing practice.
Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF’s master's programs with career goals. The College of Nursing accepts the most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.
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International Transfer Applicants
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.