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Adult-gerontology

When an individual is admitted to the post-master’s certificate program in nursing, an evaluation of the transcript is completed. Each required course in the relevant concentration is compared to the entering student’s transcript. Upon admission, the school determines whether those course objectives have been fully or partially met in prior master’s or doctoral work. Prior courses that are accepted as evidence of full or partial completion are listed on the individual plan of study. This plan will be signed by the entering student and the adviser before the individual actually enrolls. Thus, the plan of study is agreed upon in advance.

Students in nurse practitioner certification concentrations are required to have completed advanced health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics and pathophysiology courses.

The post-master’s certificate adult-gerontology concentration includes three roles: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.

The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role focuses on the provision of advanced independent nursing care integrated with delegated medical diagnostic and management activities. The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner has a practice located in an ambulatory care setting and focuses on health promotion, risk reduction and evidence-based primary care to individual patients.

The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner generally works in an acute care setting, often within a multidisciplinary team focused on the provision of evidence-based care to adults who are acutely ill. The sphere of influence of the nurse practitioner is that of the patient.

The adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist is a clinical expert in a specialized area of nursing practice who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of illness as well as promotion of health and well-being for adults across the lifespan. The adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist is responsible for ensuring excellence in the delivery of nursing care to patients within that population. This includes consultation with individual patients as well as with nurses who provide care to the patient in an acute care setting, and overall systems management to facilitate care. The site of practice is determined by the location of the patient population of interest — it may be in a primary care setting, for example, people undergoing chemotherapy. The sphere of influence of the clinical nurse specialist is threefold: patient, nursing personnel and systems/organizations.

Below are sample curricula.

Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner specialty certificate courses Credits
NURS 611 Primary Care Advanced Practice Clinical Procedures 1
NURS 612 Acute Care Advanced Practice Clinical Procedures 1
NURS 633 Common Health Problems of Women 2
NURS 661 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care 4
NURS 662 Common Problems in Adult-Gerontology Critical Care 3
NURS 663 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care 3
NURS 678 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practicum I 3
NURS 669 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practicum II 5
NURS 679 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practicum III 4
 
Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialty certificate courses  
Admission to this concentration has been suspended for 2013-14.
NURS 611 Primary Care Advanced Practice Clinical Procedures 1
NURS 633 Common Health Problems of Women 2
NURS 661 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care 4
NURS 663 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care 3
NURS 676 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum I 3
NURS 675 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum II 4
NURS 677 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practicum III 4
NURS 682 Women’s Practicum I 1
 
Adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist specialty certificate courses  
Admission to this concentration has been suspended for 2013-14.
NURS 625 Clinical Nurse Specialist: Adult Acute Practicum 7
NURS 626 Clinical Nurse Specialist: Advanced Adult Acute Practicum 5
NURS 662 Common Problems in Adult-Gerontology Critical Care 3
NURS 663 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care 3
NURS 686 Emerging Clinical Issues in Patient Management 3
NURS 687 Management Systems and Health Care Outcomes 4

 

 

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